What was the aim of the work?
Natural Power carried out technical due diligence to support the acquisition of a development-stage solar farm in Wales. We went on to manage the engineering procurement construction (EPC) procurement process on behalf of the new owner, and we were recently appointed as owner's engineer for the project.
What was the outcome?
The solar farm was one of the first subsidy-free assets to be acquired in Wales, and it is the first subsidy-free acquisition for Blackfinch. Its construction will represent a significant step forward for the Welsh solar market, where hardly any solar farms have been built since government subsidies were phased out.
What did Natural Power do to get this result?
Natural Power delivered a full review of the proposed solar development to establish its viability from a permitting, grid and design perspective. The nature of the site created several unique challenges in optimising the layout of the solar array to achieve the ideal balance between total capacity (the solar farm’s maximum power output), and energy yield (the amount of energy generated by the solar farm in a typical year). Finding the right trade-off between these two aspects is key to maximising return on investment in a solar farm. Natural Power used a local team with in-depth expertise in consenting and constructing renewable energy projects and brought it global best practices to develop this new subsidy-free solar project.
Natural Power has successfully supported the client through the EPC procurement process on behalf of the owner, including development of detailed installation specifications, minimum requirements and other provisions. We look forward to providing ongoing support through the construction phase as owner's engineer, with commerical operations scheduled for the end of 2020.
6 MW solar farm located on the Llyn Peninsula.
First subsidy-free acquisition for Blackfinch.