The contract, which includes performance monitoring, maintenance and panel cleaning, went live in July.
Through its ‘Your Energy Sussex’ programme, West Sussex County Council has ambitious plans to increase the amount of renewable energy being generated and used in the county. This includes a solar farm on council land, capable of powering more than 2,400 homes; a large-scale battery storage system; and the installation of roof top solar PV schemes on more than 60 schools.
The council has also launched its own not-for-profit domestic energy supplier, under the Your Energy Sussex name.
Commenting on the contract, Tom Coates, senior advisor for YES, said: “Making sure that we have robust O&M arrangements in place is absolutely key, as we work to increase our generation assets in West Sussex. We are pleased to be working with Anesco who, through the procurement process, demonstrated to us that they have a solid track record in this area.”
Anesco provides renewable asset O&M services to local authorities, housing associations, investment groups and commercial customers based across the UK. More than 21,000 assets are currently being monitored by the service, with Anesco able to support and maintain both domestic and commercial installations.
Chris Colley, director of operations & maintenance at Anesco, commented: “We are delighted to be working with West Sussex County Council. The YES scheme is not only having a positive effect on the lives of many residents in Sussex, but is contributing to lower carbon emissions and having a positive impact on the environment.”
Anesco’s solar farm portfolio now exceeds 101 sites, while its energy storage portfolio is on track to exceed 380MW by 2020. For more information visit www.anesco.co.uk