Pathfinder Clean Energy to submit planning application for 23 MWp solar farm in Norfolk

International developer of utility scale solar and battery storage projects Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE) has completed a community consultation for a 23MWp solar farm to be located near Attleborough, 15 miles south-west of Norwich, and will shortly submit a planning application for the project.
Pathfinder Clean Energy to submit planning application for 23 MWp solar farm in Norfolk
Courtesy of Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE)

The proposed ground-mounted solar farm will be the company’s largest UK subsidy-free solar project to date. The planning submission for Attleborough closely follows applications made by PACE for two other solar projects in Norfolk (at Three Bridges and Burgate (40MWp total), announced 12th October). Subject to planning and financing, Attleborough and the two other projects (totalling 63MWp) are earmarked to enter operation during the second half of next year (2021).  Each of the three projects have the ability to co-locate battery storage.

“Our project pipeline for utility-scale solar in the UK is growing, and where the economics stand-up we will co-locate battery storage” said Alex Ross, Director of PACE Developments in the UK. “Our three Norfolk projects underline the PACE team’s capabilities in site identification and project design, utilising the very latest advances in technology. The projects give us a strong platform to grow our UK capacity to 300MW over the next three years, and will complement our current operations and portfolio in Spain and Canada, and in due course Poland.”

Evaluating the advances in solar technologies and design is a key focus of PACE’s technical department in the UK and overseas. Last month, PACE published details of a proposed 47MW solar farm project in Alberta, Canada.  This is also scheduled to enter construction during 2021, subject to planning and financing. 

One example of PACE’s technical approach is the application of bifacial technology for their projects. PACE’s own calculations, drawing from studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, point towards a 9 percent uplift in electricity production compared to traditional PV technologies.

PACE is also studying the implications of providing flexibility to its electricity generation profile through the storage technology. 

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