The U.K.’s utility-scale solar sector shows no signs of slowing following the news this week that China’s ReneSola is to expand its footprint in Europe’s most dynamic PV market.
The company will supply its Virtus I and II polycrystalline solar modules to two large-scale solar farms in England a 10.8 MW Low Carbon PV project in Bottom Plain, Dorset, and a 15.6 MW Cofely GDF Suez solar project in Bilsham Farm, Arundel.
Both solar farms will use 250 W and 255 W modules in order to maximize efficiency. The modules were produced at ReneSolas OEM facilities outside of China.
"ReneSolar works tirelessly to improve all the cost efficiencies associated with solar power,"said Ian Glover, ReneSola UK general manager. "We are delighted that our commitment to R&D and quality control in our OEM manufacturing has resulted in being the product of choice two major solar developers, Low Carbon and Cofely GDF Suez." Glover added that ReneSola anticipates high demand for its modules in the U.K. over the next two quarters as developers and EPC contractors rush to complete their utility scale (> 5 MW) PV projects ahead of next Aprils subsidy changes.
Meanwhile, The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) on Friday purchased three operational solar PV parks in England with a combined generating capacity of 56.6 MW for an estimated $120 million.
The solar farms, in the southern English counties of Dorset and Cornwall and the eastern English county of Norfolk, brings TRIGs renewable energy portfolio to 398 MW across 27 sites, 11 of which are solar parks.
"These three large-scale solar projects nearly double the generating capacity of TRIGs solar PV portfolio," said TRIGs investment manager, Richard Crawford. The parks were purchased via a joint venture with the British Solar Renewables Group and Banco Santander SA, and short-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) are already in place for the three parks.