Spanish solar group OPDE has won approval for a new 18 MW solar farm in Kent, England, bringing its total PV installation capacity in the United Kingdom to more than 56.6 MW.
The solar farm is scheduled to begin construction in November near the town of Iwade. It will generate enough electricity to supply up to 5,400 homes in the U.K.
Approval for the new plant follows the planning consent obtained by OPDE in September for a 10.8 MW solar farm in Crewkerne, Somerset. The two projects are part of OPDEs current development pipeline in the U.K. of more than 200 MW. OPDE is on track to meet its target of connecting 100 MW of PV capacity in the U.K. by March 2015.
OPDE, which specializes in the development, investment and operation of solar PV plants, completed a 12 MW solar farm in Alresford, Hampshire, in March. It also has two other facilities that will soon begin construction, a 6.8 MW farm in Hothfield, Kent, and an 8.9 MW installation in East Sussex, South East England.
In addition to its strong presence in the U.K., OPDE is also active in Mexico and Brazil.