UK solar farm operator Primrose Solar has added the 5MWp Bedborough Solar Farm to its portfolio after acquiring it from developer Solstice Renewables.
The solar farm, which is yet to be developed, was granted planning permission last November and Primrose has appointed Solarcentury to carry out its construction, which is expected to start imminently.
Primrose will also establish a community benefit fund for the 25-year life time of the project, which will be administered by Ferndown Town Council with additional funding set to be allocated for local schools.
“We are very pleased to have acquired such a good site from Solstice Renewables, who share our own commitment to industry-leading biodiversity and ecological improvements as well as to community and educational benefits,” Giles Clark, chief executive at Primrose Solar, said.
When complete, Bedborough Solar Farm will take Primrose’s portfolio to 188MWp of installed capacity spread across 11 operational sites. In March Primrose connected the 48MW Southwick Estate solar farm to the national grid, claiming it to be the UK’s “largest and greenest” solar farm in operation at the time.
Earlier this year Primrose secured £60 million of funding from asset management firm M&G investments, which was used to refinance five of the company’s operational solar farms.
Solstice Renewables has developed six solar farms since its inception in 2013 but has a burgeoning pipeline of 13 projects in various stages of development, all of which range from 2MW to 8.5MW.