SSE has announced details of its first solar project that will deliver 30MW of clean energy as part of its ambitious £12.5bn investment programme to power change towards net zero.
As the UK’s ‘national clean energy champion’ SSE is committed to deploying renewable energy technologies and has purchased the project development rights for its first solar project in England from the developer Stark Energy.
The 30MW solar farm at Littleton Pastures is located near Evesham in Worcestershire. Once complete in late 2023, the 77-acre site will be capable of powering some 9,400 homes.
SSE Group is investing around £7m a day on critical low-carbon infrastructure to facilitate the transition to net zero. Solar energy is regarded as a complementary technology to other sources of renewable technology such as wind power.
SSE’s distributed energy team is developing opportunities of over 1GW in solar and battery storage technology and recently announced its first 50MW battery storage project in Wiltshire.
Richard Cave-Bigley, SSE Sector Director for Distributed Generation and Storage, said Littleton solar farm would be the first of many such projects. “Today is a significant milestone for SSE with the acquisition of our first solar project and shows our serious ambitions in this market,” he said.
“We see solar as a key complementary technology to SSE’s existing portfolio of low carbon infrastructure such as wind and hydro and one that can power us towards net zero. Last year we announced our first battery storage project, and we are fully focused on developing over 1GW of solar and battery technology. We look forward to being able to announce further solar and battery projects during 2022.”
SSE recently announced its 'Net Zero Acceleration Programme' to boost sustainable, clean growth, lead the energy transition and maximise value for all stakeholders. The plans include a substantially increased, fully funded £12.5bn strategic capital investment plan to 2026 as well as ambitious targets to 2031.
SSE’s distributed energy team [part of its Energy Solutions unit] aims to play a major part in the emerging flexible energy system. It develops infrastructure such as battery and solar, and also provides key services to enable users to benefit from new ways to optimise and manage their low carbon energy use.