BayWa r.e. commissions 18 MW solar farm in UK

Germany’s BayWa r.e. has developed its fourth solar PV plant in the U.K. with the completion this week of an 18 MW solar farm in Whitland, Wales.

The Whitland solar farm covers an area of 28 hectares in the Welsh countryside, and comprises 69,000 polycrystalline modules erected on freestanding supports. Once fully operational, the farm will generate some 17 million kWh of green electricity, enough to power some 5,000 local households each year.

Despite constant bad weather during the construction phase, the plant was completed in just nine weeks, and adds to BayWa r.e.’s growing solar pipeline in the U.K.

"The rapid implementation of the Whitland solar farm shows that our project team and technical know-how put us in an excellent position," said BayWa r.e.’s managing director, Matthias Taft. “This enables us to finance even larger projects without difficulties, which in turn ensures commissioning on time.

"Together, this results in a dynamic and economical project implementation at every project stage – from engineering and construction to the ultimate project sale to institutional investors."

The company’s most recent venture into the U.K.’s burgeoning solar market was in October last year, when the Munich-based firm completed the construction of a 19.5 MW solar farm in Suffolk, eastern England. Overall, BayWa r.e. has more than 40 MW of PV capacity installed in the U.K., with in excess of 20 MW in the immediate pipeline.