Primrose Solar connects 49MW solar farm ahead of RO closure

Primrose Solar has connected a 49MW solar development in Hampshire to the grid following acquisition of the full project rights late last year.

Eveley Solar Farm near Stockbridge was owned, managed and built by PS Renewables as EPC before being acquired by Primrose in December. The project was granted planning approval in July 2015, and is expected to be accredited under the Renewables Obligation shortly before the scheme closes at the end of this month.

Giles Clark, chief executive of Primrose Solar, said: “We’re very pleased to have worked effectively with PS Renewables to complete work on what will probably be one of the last utility-scale solar farms to be built in the UK for some time.

“Eveley is located in one of the sunniest parts of the UK, and will therefore make an important contribution to local and national renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.”

Matt Hazell, commercial director at PS Renewables, said: “Having constructed over 203MW in the UK, this exciting project has been one of the most interesting we’ve ever built. At what we believe to be one of the largest ‘non-governmental’ private sites in the UK, Eveley Solar Farm has been a dream to build over the last five months, having only started in October 2015.”

Hazell also said that two local parish councils will benefit from the site to support local activities, adding: “This is great to see, as this project may never have happened if it were not for the support of the local community.

With the addition of the Eveley site, Primrose claims to have built and connected more than 250MW of solar farms and will work with the local community to promote biodiversity at the site.