OPDE given green light for 10.8 MW UK solar farm


Spain's OPDE has been granted approval to develop a new 10.8 MW solar PV farm in the English county of Somerset, augmenting the company’s U.K. solar footprint in the process.

Planning consent was granted today for the development of the solar farm, close to the town of Crewkerne. Earlier this year OPDE successfully connected a 12 MW solar plant in Alresford, Hampshire, and is also due to begin construction a 7 MW solar farm in Kent and a 9 MW PV project in East Sussex.

The company has targeted the growing U.K. market in recent months and has been eager to push through these latest large-scale solar PV projects ahead of the proposed subsidy cut planned for next year.

April 1, 2015 sees the removal of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) for solar PV plants greater in size than 5 MW. This change in funding will make large-scale solar development in the U.K. less attractive. Its replacement, the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, has a much smaller pot of funds from which the industry can draw, and will serve to suppress the large-scale solar sector at a time when the industry is soaring.

Nevertheless, OPDE plans to install more than 200 MW of solar PV capacity in the U.K. over the next few years, and also has bold plans to develop projects in the emerging Latin American markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: editors@pv-magazine.com.


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.