15MW unsubsidised solar park planned in Buckinghamshire with battery storage to follow


A business park in Buckinghamshire is to build a 15MW solar PV park over 76 acres of its land.

Westcott Venture Park’s owners, Rockspring, said they also plan to secure enough grid capacity to add battery storage to the site.

According to the firm, it will enable Westcott to become the UK’s first carbon negative business park in the UK – as it will generate more power than tenants can use. Excess will be exported to the grid.

Westcott already has a 1.6MW solar plant, connected under the Fit regime in 2011 and developed by  WolfeWare, which will also oversee the new scheme. Solar contractors British Solar Renewables (BSR) is honing detailed design and plans to start construction within weeks. BSR will also handle O&M.

The company estimates the solar development will deliver an internal rate of return greater than 7 per cent.

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