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SSE acquires its first 30MW solar project in its role as the UK’s national clean energy champion

Catherine Thomas
By Catherine Thomas
19 January 2022

Distributed Energy

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Today is a significant milestone for SSE with the acquisition of our first solar project and shows our serious ambitions in this market

Richard Cave-Bigley
SSE Energy Solutions Sector Director for Distributed Generation and Storage

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 has a strong track record of constructing and operating renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom and we are delighted to be working with them on our Littleton project. We look forward to supporting SSE through the construction process and seeing the project through to its connection.

Anthony Brindle
Managing Director of Stark Energy

SSE Energy Solutions has announced that its first 50MW battery storage project in Salisbury will be delivered by the technology group Wärtsilä.

Last year SSE Energy Solutions announced it had purchased the project development rights for its first 50MW battery storage asset on a consented site in Wiltshire, from Harmony Energy Limited.

SSE Plc is investing £7m a day into low carbon infrastructure as part of its £25bn NZAP (Net Zero Acceleration Programme) until 2030. The battery will be the first of SSE Energy Solutions grid-scale solar and battery projects to support access to clean, reliable energy by balancing the intermittency of renewables.

The order was booked to Wärtsilä’s intake in March this year and the system is expected to become operational in September 2023.

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As the UK and Ireland’s national clean energy champion, we're investing £12.5bn by 2026 – 65% uplift on previous plan – putting us on track to invest £25bn this decade. This equates to around £7m a day to be spent on critical low-carbon infrastructure needed in net zero transition. Our Net Zero Acceleration Programme will deliver, by 2026:

  • £1bn additional capital investment per year versus previous plans
  • A doubling of existing renewables net installed capacity to 8GW
  • A sustainable renewables development pipeline in excess of 15GW including Solar & Battery Storage
  • Over 2.5 times more capital allocated to renewables growth
  • Growth in electricity networks, increasing Regulated Asset Value (RAV) to £9bn

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