Thursday, January 28, 2021

Smith Brothers connects two solar farms to grid

Smith Brothers Contracting has connected two solar farms to the grid – collectively generating up to 65MW of clean energy.

The first of the two renewables projects – both of which will be connected to the Western Power Distribution (WPD) network – is The Grange, a 40MW solar farm located in Newark.

Acting as the independent connection provider (ICP), Yorkshire-headquartered Smith Brothers energised the 207-acre site earlier this month.

The second project, a 125-acre plot in Strensham, Worcestershire, was connected in November and will generate 25 MW of power via 100,000 solar modules.

“As the UK strives to meet its clean energy targets, we are proud to be known as the ICP of choice for some of the country’s leading renewable power connections,” said Smith Brothers MD Dave Ogden.

“Over the course of our 21-year history, we’ve seen some significant changes in the industry – but being a part of shaping the sustainable future of our planet is something Smith Brothers is keen to be synonymous with.”

The works at both The Grange and Strensham saw Smith Brothers providing a turnkey solution which included all contestable elements of the 132kV and 66kV WPD connections respectively, as well as the 33kV private-side.

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