As farmers decided to switch from crops to clean energy, the number of new solar farms planned to be built in the East of England has more than doubled in recent months. In the past five months,
new solar farm applications in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex have increased to 840 megawatts, equivalent to 2 million household solar panels.
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The solar boom is expected to more than double solar power capacity last year It appeared in the East of England in the same month, enough to provide clean energy for 400,000 households. Dr. Nina Skorupska, executive director of the
Renewable Energy Association, said that “it is vital to maintain this momentum” to help achieve the UK’s climate goals and “also help to stimulate much-needed new investment in the region.”
According to UK Power Networks, which operates the local power grid, most of these new solar farms will be built on old farmland as owners start trading crops to generate clean electricity.
East of England is particularly popular with renewable energy developers due to its flat fields and sunny climate. However, after UK Power Networks eliminated the initial cost of connecting to the local grid, more homeowners began looking for solar power in the area.
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According to new rules implemented in early 2020, solar farm developers can connect to the grid cheaper and faster in exchange for the UK power grid to reduce production of electricity when energy demand is low.
Despite the Covid19 pandemic, the plan last year brought the number of UK grid-connected solar farm applications to the highest level in nine years and could help the UK increase its renewable energy without overwhelming the UK. system when solar energy exceeds local energy demand.
UK Power Networks said that compared to last year, the number of battery-connected applications is also increasing. From January to May this year, a total of 9 new battery applications were accepted, with a nominal power of 385 MW, compared to only 3 projects totaling 27.5 MW in the same period last year.