Low Carbon plans 600 MW solar and storage project in England; Ethical Power acquires development business of PPS in UK; Niam takes over Bright Sunday in Sweden; Bisol modules for the 1st ever zero research station in Antarctica.
600 MW solar park in the UK: Low Carbon has proposed a 600 MW solar and storage project in the North Kesteven district in England’s Lincolnshire. Beacon Fen Energy Park as the project is christened, will be located between the villages of Heckington and Helpringham. Local media quoted Low Carbon Director James Hartley-Bond as saying that the company is currently planning an early engagement consultation with the locals before submitting a formal application for development consent with the Planning Inspectorate in Q1/2024. It has already submitted a proposal for this facility to the Planning Inspectorate. Since the project will generate more than 50 MW of electricity, it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). There are already other large-scale solar and storage projects proposed for this area, namely 500 MW Heckington Fen and Springwell Solar Farm with capacity to power over 180,000 homes annually.
Ethical Power acquires PPS business: UK based solar and storage company Ethical Power Development has acquired the development business of Public Power Solutions (PPS). With this, Ethical Power takes over a mature pipeline of projects with a combined capacity of more than 250 MW, including large scale solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) co-located projects.
Niam invests in Bright Sunday AB: Real estate investor Niam has acquired majority stake in Swedish solar-as-a-service provider Bright Sunday AB through its Niam Infra Fund. The latter will now invest additional capital to expand Bright Sunday across multiple European markets beyond Portugal and Spain where it is already operational. Bright Sunday caters to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers offering them solar electricity with zero upfront investments. It currently has a total installed capacity of around 20 MW. Niam said it wants to build a €100 million portfolio over the next few years with Bright Sunday.
Bisol modules for Antarctica: Slovenian solar module supplier Bisol says its solar modules are now installed for the ‘1st’ ever zero emission polar research station in Antarctica. Built by Brussels based International Polar Foundation, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station is also powered by wind turbines and solar thermal panels. It aims to demonstrates how the climate challenge can be met and how readily accessible technology can help us to achieve a low-carbon society.