ReneSola connects four PV farms in UK to beat RO cut-off deadline

Four solar plants powered by ReneSola’s Virtus II solar modules have been successfully connected to the grid in the U.K. These PV farms, with a combined capacity of approximately 20 MW, are located in Barnstable, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Notthinghamshire.

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola, which is currently undertaking strategic growth into the downstream sector, managed the design and construction of these projects. The company will also provide ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

“These projects reinforced our commitments to the clean energy businesses in the U.K., and demonstrated our strong competitive advantages in developing downstream projects," said ReneSola’s CEO Xianshou Li.

All four of the projects are qualified under the Renewable Obligations (RO) program and connected to the grid, mere days before the subsidy scheme closes at the end of this week.

Last week, British solar developer Lightsource announced that, considering the current economics of solar PV, it would “not be able to grow the U.K.’s solar generation capacity without subsidy on non-private wire projects in 2016”. According to the Lightsource’s CEO Nick Boyle, the company’s subsidy-free solar strategy currently applies to private PV plants that are directly connected to the buyer.

Another British PV developer, Primrose Solar, recently connected its 49 MW Eveley solar farm to the grid, beating the RO closure deadline. Due to the policy changes, Eveley farm might be the last utility-scale solar farm built in the country for some time, Primrose CEO Giles Clark said in the announcement.