Subsidy-free ‘landmark’ UK solar-plus-storage site Clayhill changes hands

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Clayhill solar farm in Bedfordshire, England. Image: Anesco.

Anesco, the developer of a subsidy-free solar farm in the UK which has onsite battery energy storage, has sold the plant on to hybrid solar solutions company GRIDSERVE. 

Whilst an Anesco spokesperson could not confirm the exact figure of the transaction, when contacted by our sister site Solar Power Portal the spokesperson did state that it was a “multi-million-pound” deal between the two.

Clayhill, which consists of 10MW of solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility, was built in the east England county of Bedfordshire in 2017, allowing Anesco to lay claim to the development of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm.

Some of the electricity generated by Clayhill is now to go towards powering GRIDSERVE’s maiden Electric Forecourt in Braintree, Essex, a site consisting of 24 ultra-fast 350kW electric vehicle chargers alongside a variety of facilities such as a coffee shop and airport-style lounge.

Construction on the site began in March, with plans for 100 of such forecourts to be built around the country. The company recently recieved multi-million funding from Hitachi to further its Electric Forecourts as well as its solar farm development.

To read the full version of this story, visit Solar Power Portal

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