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GRIDSERVE completes the UK’s most advanced solar farm

GRIDSERVE completes game changing hybrid solar farm for Warrington Borough Council.

  • 20 December 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

GRIDSERVE completes game changing hybrid solar farm for Warrington Borough Council.

This week, GRIDSERVE announced the completion and hand over of the UK’s most advanced solar farm to Warrington Borough Council.

The 34.7MWp solar farm at York is the largest to be completed since 2016, and it is pioneering a new commercial model using 30 MWh of battery storage and sophisticated technologies to maximise revenues and help balance the grid – both during the day with direct solar generation and at night with energy stored in the 30MW battery.

The project, which generates enough energy to supply a town, also demonstrates how local authorities can partner with developers to deliver projects which cut carbon, supply clean electricity, and generate millions of pounds for councils to fund essential services.

Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of GRIDSERVE, said: “It’s our collective responsibility to prevent runaway climate change and protect species, so let’s be the change and make it happen. Projects like this, which also require no government subsidy whatsoever, demonstrate that the UK can meet its net zero obligations well before 2050 and enable us to move the needle in delivering radical carbon reductions within the next 10-years”.

In addition to the York hybrid solar project, Warrington Borough Council is also purchasing a second 25.7MWp solar farm at Hull, which is due to be handed over early next year. GRIDSERVE will operate and maintain both projects over their lifetimes to maximise system performance and value for the council.

Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “The completion of this ground-breaking project is a huge milestone for the council. This investment strengthens our commitment to tackle the climate emergency, and will also help us secure our energy supply, give us control over our energy prices, and contribute to reducing fuel poverty.”

The York hybrid solar project, which produces enough energy to power more than 20,000 electric vehicles every year, was completed in just five months, a process documented in a breath-taking timelapse video. GRIDSERVE installed more than 90,000 solar panels, 30MWh of batteries and 500 kilometres of cable on the 198-acre site – an area the size of more than 100 football pitches.

Read the press release here.