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Solar farm becomes first to benefit from National Grid’s acceleration program

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A solar farm in Somerset has become the first renewable energy project to benefit from the National Grid’s Technical Limits acceleration program, which aims to streamline the integration of renewable energy into the grid.

Owned by Blackfinch Energy and developed by Enviromena the official energisation of the Horsey Levels solar farm took place yesterday. The scheme is expected to generate 27,550MWh of electricity annually, powering over 10,000 homes, and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 5,000 tonnes per year.

The collaboration between Blackfinch and Enviromena, supported by land provided by the Somerset Council and assisted by National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), highlights the effective public-private partnerships driving the UK’s energy transition. Such cooperative efforts are crucial for reaching national renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.

Alan Gorman, Investment Director at Blackfinch Energy, said:

“We’re proud to bring the Horsey Levels Solar Farm into operation, a landmark project that enhances our diverse renewable energy portfolio and furthers our commitment to sustainable investment.” 

“This project showcases our ability to adapt and thrive within the UK’s evolving energy policies, allowing our investors to see how their capital can be used to contribute to the nation’s shift towards more sustainable energy sources.”

Enviromena CEO Chris Marsh said:

“We are delighted to energise the first accelerated project as part of National Grid’s reforms to help bring forward the connection dates of renewable energy projects. Following the notification of the delay of this important project, our team has worked closely with the National Grid Electricity Distribution and ESO in order to find solutions to help accelerate this project and other similarly delayed projects.”

Steve Cross, Southwest Operations Director for National Grid Electricity Distribution, said:

“This is an important milestone in the work we are doing to enable grid connections to help decarbonise the communities we serve. We are investing £500 million over the next five years to ensure electricity generation customers can connect to our network and we are working closely with industry, Ofgem and government to streamline the process and accelerate connection times for active projects. Horsey Levels solar farm is the first of many renewable projects to benefit from this concerted and co-ordinated approach and will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the South West’s pursuit of net zero targets.”

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