Primrose Solar has added another solar development to its portfolio after acquiring the Fanny House Solar Farm from Novus Solar Developments.
Construction of the 4.942 MWp solar park in Heysham, near Morecombe in Lancashire, has already begun after it received planning consent in June 2015. The site is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will benefit from the current ROC rate (1.3), with all of its power to be exported to the grid. The site has become the 14th solar farm, either operational or under construction, in Primrose Solar’s 202MWp capacity portfolio.
Giles Clark, chief executive of Primrose Solar, said: “It's just two years since we launched Primrose Solar, so it is a great achievement that we have successfully grown our portfolio to over 200 MW. The last months have been challenging for the solar industry, with the government's changing attitudes towards renewables, but our track record shows that we have a good and effective business model. We plan to continue to build on this.”
The company says Fanny House solar farm will remain in agricultural use with sheep grazing between the panels for part of the year while a programme of ecological and biodiversity enhancement will also be implanted.
Clark added: “As always, we work closely with landowners and the local communities where our solar farms are located. They are making important contributions to green energy targets and reducing carbon emissions – all the more important in the context of the historic international climate change deal that was reached in Paris this month.”
Robin Dummett, director of Novus Solar Developments, said: “We have had the pleasure of working very closely with the landowners, their neighbours and the local community to develop Fanny House solar farm and we are delighted that the project will now be built and operated by a company with the excellent reputation of Primrose with whom we intend to build many more projects.”
The solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 1,400 typical homes and save around 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Fanny House marks the second acquisition announced by Primrose Solar this month after its purchase of Ashby solar farm in Leicestershire.