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U.K. company begins work on innovative subsidy-free solar-plus-storage project

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GRIDSERVE, a UK-based developer, financier and operator of large-scale solar energy projects, is to start construction on a 37.4MW solar farm and 27MW battery storage project imminently, in what is being billed as the UK’s most technologically advanced solar farm to date.

As well as being built without subsidies, the solar farm will be the first in the UK to use bifacial modules and single-axis trackers, indicating two potentially significant trends for the utility-scale market moving forward.

In addition, a second, 25.7MW solar farm is to be constructed soon after, taking GRIDSERVE’s solar build-out for this year to 62MW.

The first, hybrid solar project is to be built in York while the secondary solar farm is to be constructed in Hull, and Warrington Borough Council will pay £62.34 million (US$83.02 million) for the two assets, taking ownership when they are operational.

The projects will be unique to the UK by using bifacial p-mono PERC modules, provided by Suntech, allowing the farm to generate power from both sides of the panel. They will also be the first large-scale projects in the UK to use single-axis trackers from NextTracker to maximise its generation and minimise price cannibalisation. Combined, the two technological innovations are forecast to boost generation by 20%.

The 27MW lithium-ion battery storage system at York will be the largest at any UK solar farm at the time of completion and will share the site’s grid connection. GRIDSERVE is to use the battery to store and get more advantageous pricing for the solar farm’s output and provide grid balancing services to National Grid. A second battery storage system is earmarked for the Hull site during a later phase.

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