Centrica acquires South-west solar projects

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Centrica has completed the acquisition of two green energy projects, adding 32MW of capacity to the company’s power portfolio.

In Dorset, the business has acquired development rights for the construction of a 16MW solar farm and 3MW battery storage plant near Winterborne Whitechurch.

The project will break ground soon, with the first power exported to the grid in 2025. 

The site at Winterborne Whitechurch will be a co-located asset, with the solar farm and battery storage facilities using the same connection point to the grid, helping to maximise the grid connection.

The site will be able to power 4,600 homes a year, supported by the battery that can deliver two-hours of energy for a similar number of properties. 

In addition, the business has also acquired the operational Roundponds Solar Farm in Wiltshire. 

The 13MW solar farm was commissioned in 2015 and is capable of providing energy for around 3,200 homes every year. 

These investments are part of Centrica’s plans to invest up to £4bn by 2028 in renewable generation, security of supply and its customers. 

Sue Peart, commercial director of Centrica Energy Assets, said: “As the UK strives towards net zero, on-shore renewable power generation will play an essential role in delivering a secure supply of energy to homes and businesses. 

“The recent grid reforms announced by Ofgem are welcome news, but to unlock the full potential of renewable energy, we need to go further. 

“This year will be pivotal for the energy industry - boosting capacity and prioritising the transmission network will be central to creating a grid fit for the future, and one that can manage the transition to net zero.”

The Winterborne and Roundponds projects will contribute towards Centrica’s long-term plan to deliver a portfolio of green energy transition assets and follow the construction of an 18MW solar farm at Codford, Wiltshire which was commissioned in 2023.

In addition, it is delivering a 50MW battery storage project in Brigg, Lincolnshire and a 20MW hydrogen-ready gas-fired peaking plant in Worcestershire, both of which are nearing completion. 

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