Energising Cumbria's first large scale solar farm
Recently we energised Cumbria’s first large scale solar farm on behalf of Gedulah Solar, which is owned by Equinox Energy Capital.
The solar farm, which covers eight fields near Aspatria was successfully connected to the local power network, following a 10 month long engineering project.
The project required the replacement of a 33kV cable box and protection modifications and approximately six kilometres of overhead lines will be reinforced to make way for the new connection.
We worked closely with an independent connection provider, MES Power Engineering, who designed and constructed the new 33kV connection and a new substation for the farm. We monitored the new assets being built and helped to ensure a seamless connection onto the local power network.
Due to the cut-off date for government subsidies for large solar farms, both Electricity North West and MES had to work to strict timescales, which posed a substantial challenge for both teams involved.
Samantha Loukes, Grid and Primary Connections Manager at Electricity North West, said: “Energising this site has been a great team effort to ensure we met the challenging deadline on time."
"Our Infrastructure Solutions team work with many alternative energy providers and we are committed to helping clients fulfil many more projects like this in the future."
The 32-hectare site now consists of 50,000 PV cells, which will generate around 15MW in energy throughout its 25 year development. The solar farm has also been built on low-quality agricultural land, allowing the site to be used for grazing.
Neil McKenzie, Managing Director at MES Power Engineering said: "Electricity North West and MES were fully committed to the energisation date and we built up a strong working relationship with each other, to deliver the project on time."
"It was our first contestable connection in the Electricity North West area and I would like to thank the Infrastructure Solutions Team at Electricity North West for their valued cooperation and team spirit."