UK company to build 3.75-MW solar farm to power rail network
Solar park in England. Source: FIM Services (www.fimltd.co.uk).
UK enterprise Riding Sunbeams has secured a government grant to build a 3.75-MW solar farm that will directly power the rail network in East Sussex.
The company, which bills itself as a “solar rail pioneer”, said it has been awarded just over GBP 2.5 million (USD 3.3m/EUR 2.8m) from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), one of the beneficiaries of the UK government’s GBP-900-million fund aimed at supporting green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
The Cuckmere community solar farm will be located in Berwick, north of the Eastbourne-London mainline railway. The plant will supply the power thanks to a “private-wire” direct connection, Riding Sunbeams said in a press release.
Operations are expected to commence by March 2022. Once the project is finalised, the company will launch an investment offer to give local community the opportunity to own the Cuckmere plant.
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