Martifer Solar connects five plants in UK ahead of ROC deadline


Portuguese group Martifer Solar has connected five plants in the United Kingdom ahead of the March 31 deadline under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme.

The five installations have a combined installed capacity of 57.8 MW. Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, said it built the plants for several high-profile yet unnamed clients.

The connected plants range in size from 7.7 MW to 18.7 MW and are installed throughout the U.K. Four sites are located in England, in the counties of Devon, Essex, Leicestershire and Cornwall. The other is located in the county of Caerphilly in South Wales.

With its latest projects, Martifer Solar has reached an accumulated installed PV capacity in the U.K. of 175 MW. The company, which operates in more than 20 countries around the world, said the U.K. had proven to be one of its most successful markets in the past few years.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, "The development experience we have gained through our track record in the U.K. will be vital for our upcoming projects to be completed throughout emerging markets and other parts of Europe in the next few years."

The five plants were installed on an area of approximately 105 hectares, using around 218,000 polycrystalline modules. The plants are expected to produce an estimated 55 gigawatt hours a year, enough to power 79,000 households annually and offset more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Filinto Martins, head of Business Development in Europe for Martifer Solar, added, "This achievement of five new plants connected successfully within the ROC deadline represents another milestone along Martifer Solar’s successful path as an established developer in the U.K."

Martins added that despite current industry hurdles, the company remained confident that solar would continue to prosper in the country. Martifer Solar is currently developing a sustainable portfolio of around 100 MW of new projects.

In addition to the connection of the five plants, Martifer Solar has an additional 9.2 MW qualified for the RO grace period, which will be constructed prior to June 2015.