Global renewable energy company Low Carbon has begun energisation at its 22MW Fox Covert Solar Farm.
Based in Buckinghamshire, the solar farm is the first project to be brought online in a 3GW pipeline of solar and battery storage projects being developed by Low Carbon in the UK. This is a major milestone for the company as it eyes delivering 20GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
The solar farm will supply power directly into the local network via underground cables.
Roy Bedlow, founder and chief executive of Low Carbon said: “We are delighted to see Fox Covert Solar Farm come online, which represents a landmark moment in our journey to becoming a global independent power producer. We are developing renewable energy at scale in the UK and the Fox Covert project will make an important contribution to tackling climate change and enhancing our energy security.”
Jo Nicholson, landowner of Fox Covert Solar Farm added: “As farmers, we’ve got to bring life back into the farms through regenerative farming, people now understand the need for renewable energy. Having solar on our site, gives us a chance to rest the land and diversify into other farming.”
In other news, Low Carbon confirmed that it secured contracts for ten solar projects, totalling 350MW of capacity, in the latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round. In total, solar projects secured almost 2GW of capacity out of 3.7GW available in the CfD round.
The renewable energy company also announced plans to develop a 600MW energy park in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire, which includes solar and energy storage, in March 2023.
The proposed Beacon Fen Energy Park would include the construction of infrastructure in order to export electricity from the park to the national grid. This would be provided via an existing grid connection at Bicker Fen. Due to the sheer scale of the project, the energy park would be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure project.