The economics of solar-and-storage in the UK are being proven, Anesco has said. Speaking at the Energy Storage Summit in London, Steve Shine, Anesco’s chairman, explained that while the company had not proven the case for subsidy-free solar, the business model for its hybrid Clay Hill project was panning out. When Clay Hill was unveiled as the UK’s first subsidy-free solar project last summer it captured the attention of industry and government officials alike. Energy and climate minister Claire Perry has since used the project’s completion to claim that solar PV is capable of deploying without subsidy support. But Anesco has distanced itself from those specific claims and yesterday Shine insisted that it was not true that the industry has “cracked” subsidy-free solar. Instead, Shine sought to stress the difference between true subsidy-free solar and hybrid projects that combine the generating capacity with battery storage.
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UK developer Hive Energy has secured planning approval to develop what it claims to be the first subsidy free solar park in the Spanish province of Andalucia, standing at 45.6MW. The El Salobral project, located at Espejo, Cordoba region, will power the equivalent of 32,000 homes and will be connected to the national grid via a 132kV Endesa substation located 500 metres from the site. Construction on the project will begin in late Spring 2018. A Hive Energy release said the approval was emblematic of a growing trend towards unsubsidised solar parks in Spain. After a lengthy hiatus, the Spanish solar industry is indeed rolling again both with unsubsidised projects and multi-gigawatts of capacity auctioned out by the energy ministry last year. Hive is already a pioneer of subsidy-free solar projects in the UK, with plans to build a 40MW plant in the county of Hampshire and an even more ambitous 350MW project in Kent through a partnership with EPC firm Wirsol.
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