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Clean Growth Strategy: Anesco welcomes positive developments

The Government today launched its highly anticipated Clean Growth Strategy. The 165-page document sets out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy and explains how the country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change.

According to leading renewables developer Anesco, the strategy has finally provided a level of certainty for the sector.

Steve Shine, Executive Chairman of Anesco, commented: “Innovative companies in the cleantech sector like Anesco need government to set out a cohesive, documented pathway for the role that renewables will play for the UK moving forward. Importantly, we need greater certainty for the sector and to increase investor confidence – as investors will play a major role in whether any vision becomes a reality.

“The clean growth strategy launched today has gone some way towards meeting those objectives, with lots of positives regarding innovation, investment and promises of ambitious future proposals.

“We particularly welcome support for energy storage and also the commercial and industrial sector which is lagging far behind the US in its speed of development. However, we do need to see tangible action to support investors in solar energy – it is now both affordable and subsidy free and we hope that the promised update later this year will provide much needed long-term certainty for the solar industry.

“So, while there is still a long way to go, it does at least show the Government is taking clean energy seriously, following a period of instability, but actions speak louder than words and it is what happens from this point forward that really matters.”

Minister for Climate Change Claire Perry MP, officially opened Anesco’s Clayhill Solar Farm on 26 September 2017. The site was the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm and combines 10MW solar PV with 6MW energy storage.

Anesco has five similar projects under development, along with a solar farm portfolio that exceeds 101 sites. The company is also the leading energy storage developer in the UK and is on track to have installed 185MW of storage by the end of 2018.

Anesco wins industry award for subsidy-free solar model

Anesco’s Clayhill solar farm, which was the first solar farm in the UK to be developed free from government subsidy, has been recognised with a prestigious industry award.

The project has taken the top spot in the Solar Power Portal Awards, in the category of ground-mount Solar PV. The awards, now in their fifth year, highlight the best and the brightest of the UK’s domestic solar, storage and clean energy industries.

Located in Bedfordshire, Clayhill covers an area of 44.58 acres and combines 10MW solar PV with 6MW energy storage. The site was officially opened on 26 September 2017 by Minister for Climate Change Claire Perry.

Steve Shine OBE, Anesco’s Executive Chairman, commented: “We’re delighted to win this award. Being first in the UK to achieve subsidy-free solar is something we’re extremely proud of and it’s credit to the hard work and dedication of the whole team at Anesco.

“We have managed to navigate a range of technical and commercial complexities to achieve a subsidy-free development, utilising strong partnerships within the supply chain and reengineering the process of design and construction. It’s a very proud moment for everyone involved.”

Clayhill solar farm was constructed in just 12 weeks and will generate enough electricity annually for around 2,500 homes, while saving 4,452 tonnes of carbon.

Over 30,000 solar panels have been used in its construction, mounted on 15,620m of frames. In a second ‘first’ for the UK market, Huawei’s new 1500v solar inverters have been installed on the site, marking the first time the ground-breaking inverters have been deployed in Europe.

The site adds to Anesco’s impressive portfolio, which now exceeds 100 solar farms.  The company is also leading the way in energy storage with 28 operational sites totalling 29MW and 185MW expected to be installed by the end of 2018.