Hive Energy, Wirsol Propose to Build 350-MW UK Solar Farm

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UK solar developer Hive Energy confirmed today it will join forces with Wirsol Energy Ltd to develop a 350-MW-plus, subsidy-free solar photovoltaic (PV) project on the north Kent coast in South East England.

The two firms have proposed to develop the Cleve Hill solar farm, which would span over 890 acres (360 ha) and have the capacity to produce enough power to meet the annual consumption of about 110,000 homes. As the plant is expected to be larger than 50 MW in size, the scheme is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Moreover, the facility is expected to be the UK’s biggest solar PV power station.

Hive Energy and Wirsol’s joint venture, Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd, is expected to file a Development Consent Order (DCO) application in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, starting this December, the company will hold a number of community consultation events.

According to information on the project website, the solar park could bring an investment of about GBP 27.25 million (USD 35.8m/EUR 30.8m) to Swale and Kent over a minimum period of 25 years.