Solar farm boom in East of England

Renewable energy is booming in the East of England after an ‘extraordinary’ five months when connection approvals for new solar farms more than doubled in energy capacity compared to same period last year.

Latest figures, published this month, show 34 new solar generation sites firmed up connection contracts with UK Power Networks across Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire between January and May 2021; compared to just 17 in the same period last year and four in 2019.

Once fully operational the solar farms will generate almost 840MW of energy – two and a half times the amount of new solar generation capacity accepted by UK Power Networks during the same period of 2020.This 840MW is equivalent to more than 2 million rooftop solar panels; enough to power more than 400,000 homes with clean energy.

The majority of the new solar sites are made possible by UK Power Networks’ new ‘flexible connections’ solution which the company began rolling out in early 2020  327.5MW of solar generators accepted connection offers between January and May 2021.