Voltalia gets developmental approval for 40 MW solar project in UK

Jan 30, 2020 05:12 PM ET
  • France’s power producer has obtained approval for development of a Dorset-based 40-megawatt solar-plus-storage park.
Voltalia gets developmental approval for 40 MW solar project in UK
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The solar-plus-storage project will feed electricity to power grid and is slated to operate during 35 years. When this period finishes, the plant will be subject to decommissioning or further planning approval. 

In 2020, implementation phase of the South Farm is starting. The renewables firm is in search of Dorset-based partners for deployment of this and other UK-based projects.

There will be a permitted path on the farm’s territory, and local cattle will be allowed to pasture on the area under and round the PV modules.

This is not first Voltalia’s solar venture in the United Kingdom, but the first one in a few years. Currently, many developers are starting photovoltaic projects, since the market is growing, especially in view of unsubsidized projects appearing. 

Among other recent ventures, Netherlands’ investment company European Energy and London-based Armstrong Capital Management have entered into collaboration for development of 500 megawatts of PV and energy storage capacity in the country.

Last month, Lightsource BP disclosed its plans for 1 gigawatt capacity deployment, while NESF and BSIF announced unsubsidized solar projects entering the United Kingdom.

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