EDF Renewables UK has signed a CPPA with NatWest for almost 50MW of energy from Porth Wen Solar Farm in Anglesey, North Wales. Power balancing and shaping services will be provided by EDF Business Solutions. Construction is already underway and will be completed in 2023. EDF Renewables UK said that over 60% of the workforce during the enabling and civil works have been local (based less than one hour from the project) and once complete, the 190-acre site will be able to be used for sheep grazing. The team will also enhance biodiversity on site with a mile-long wildlife corridor and hedgerow, wildflower and woodland planting. Chief executive of EDF Renewables UK Matthieu Hue said: “We are delighted to be working with NatWest.
“This project demonstrates our ability to develop solar in the UK through innovative routes to market, to provide solutions for our customers in terms of low cost renewable energy while helping to de-carbonise the UK electricity system.” James Close, director of climate change at NatWest Group said: “We are pleased to be working with EDF Renewables UK to deliver the Porth Wen Solar Farm. “When it is completed later this year, it will supply the grid with renewable electricity equivalent to the usage of 9,500 average UK homes. “As well as producing low carbon electricity, the solar farm project will also enhance local biodiversity and nature in Anglesey.”
Credits: renews.biz [Image: EDF Renewables]