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UK's first unsubsidised industrial solar farm unveiled

22/08/2018
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British Solar Renewables (BSR) Group has revealed that it will be building the UK’s first industrial unsubsidised solar farm at Westcott Venture Park in Oxfordshire. BSR was selected by WolfWare to deliver a fully-wrapped engineering, procurement and construction solution.
Artist impression of the proposed wind farm at Westcott Venture Park.
(Artist impression of the proposed wind farm at Westcott Venture Park. Image via BSR).

Construction of the 15MW facility will begin later this summer and will make the site the UK’s first carbon-negative business park. Westcott Venture Park is currently in a major transformation phase- from historic rocket testing site to global technology hub. The business park has development plans that include targeting growth in the commercial spaceflight sector.

Once completed, the solar farm will be connected to the business park by BSR Connect and operated and maintained by BSR O&M. With an expected lifespan of 25 years, the solar farm will produce over 14.5GWh/year, with a lifetime yield of more than 340GWh. Any energy which is surplus to the requirements of the business park will enter the grid through a 33kV connection.

Commenting on the proposed solar farm, Graham Harding, Managing Director of BSR Group, said:

Unsubsidised solar is still in the early stages of development but our integrated delivery model gives us a head-start in delivering this and future projects. We are delighted to be collaborating with WolfeWare and Rockspring (the owners of the business park) to deliver this pioneering site at Westcott.”

WolfeWare founder, Phillip Wolfe MBE, said: 

“This project demonstrates that, even in the UK, solar power continues to close in on ‘grid parity’; the level at which it competes with traditional electricity generation. BSR makes such a project not only viable but attractive through offering quality services and innovative design solutions.”

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