Belectric UK has announced that it successfully connected 43.5MW of solar farms across the UK in 2014 in order to successfully claim the higher 1.6ROC subsidy.
The 14MW Marsh Solar Farm, 10.5MW Weston Longville Solar Farm, 10MW Holton Solar Farm, 5MW Higher Tregarne Solar Farm and 4MW Willersey Solar Farm, mean that the company has installed 60MW of solar farm capacity in the UK.
Commenting on his company’s achievement, Toddington Harper, CEO of Belectric UK said: “I’m delighted to announce that Belectric has completed the construction and connection of five solar farms on time and on budget in the first quarter of this year.
“We have now also reached a milestone of 50MWp of thin film solar photovoltaic panels installed by us in the UK, making us the clear market leader for this advanced technology.”
The company notes that, despite the adverse weather and government’s refusal to extend the deadline for flood-affected projects, all projects were constructed and connected in time to claim 1.6ROCs. Belectric credits its vertically integrated approach as the reason it was able to overcome the challenge of completing the projects in time.
“Our unrivalled experience and ability to deliver the highest quality, most efficient systems in the world, is testament to the professionalism and excellence of our workforce that means we were able to successfully complete these projects without setbacks,” added Harper.
Ahead of the April ROC deadline the UK solar sector installed 1.1GW of ground-mounted solar. However, the UK Solar Strategy notes that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has underestimated the level of deployment of solar farms across the UK and that this could have implications on the budget under the levy control framework.