NextEnergy starts up second subsidy-free solar farm, plans to take year’s rollout to 150MWp

NextEnergy Solar Fund has announced  completion of a 50MWp subsidy-free solar farm at Staughton.

Located on a former airfield on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border, NESF says Staughton is its second subsidy-free solar plant energised during the current financial year, following the completion of Hall Farm II (5.4MWp, located in Leicestershire) in August 2019.  NESF has already started preparing the site of its next subsidy-free solar plant, High Garrett, for construction.

Michael Bonte-Friedheim, chief executive of NextEnergy Capital, said: “Today’s energisation of our Staughton solar plant is a landmark moment for NESF and the whole UK solar industry, demonstrating the financial viability and energy generation potential of large scale subsidy-free solar projects in the UK. During our current financial year, we intend to add up to 150MWp in UK subsidy-free capacity to our portfolio – of which 55.4MWp is now delivered – as we lead the UK solar industry’s transition from a subsidy-based regime to one providing clean electricity on market competitive terms.”

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