The construction of the hybrid solar storage wind site was initiated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured). Image: ScottishPower

Construction of a 10 MW solar park as part of the UK’s first hybrid PV, energy storage and wind site has officially started.

The 10,000 PV modules that will be installed at the Carland Cross site in Cornwall in the south of England are intended to complement the existing 20 MW wind farm and the 1 MW battery energy storage system. It is the first time these technologies have been combined on such a scale and is part of a broader proposed portfolio of hybrid sites from ScottishPower owned by Iberdrola.

These plans to retrofit the UK utility’s wind farms with solar and storage systems were first announced in late 2019 after the company applied for a 40 MW solar farm with 10 MW battery storage in Scotland supported by a private cable connection with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline becomes.

Plans to install a 40 MW solar farm and 50 MW battery storage on the site of the Whitelee wind farm – currently the UK’s largest onshore wind farm – are also underway to support the production of green hydrogen.

The solar PV that will be installed at the Carland Cross location is expected to be exported for the first time this year, followed by two further solar parks in ScottishPower wind parks.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, said, “We are undoubtedly in a race against time and speed is of the essence, but this also creates enormous opportunities and our message is clear – if you cut time, we will double. “The investment – and that will bring about significant and lasting changes.”

Large-scale solar development in the UK continues to pick up, with the pipeline of new ground-mounted systems reaching nearly 17 GW in late April 2021, with 800-900 MW new locations being identified every month, according to Solar Media’s latest market research.

In March alone Statkraft unveiled two new projects with a combined capacity of 84 MWp to be developed in Cornwall and a third 41.5 MWp project in Suffolk to be paired with a 55 MW battery while Lightsource bp announced it would use nearly £ 20 million of government funding to develop a solar-powered green hydrogen project in the South Wales Industrial Cluster and EDF acquired two 49.9 MW projects.

Utility-scale solar use in the UK is covered by the Solar Media Market Research’s Utility Solar Summit UK Event that will take place June 15-16, 2021. More information about this virtual conference and how to participate can be found here.