Ørsted, a developer synonymous with offshore wind, will have a novel experience in 2021: All of the new power plants it completes will be onshore, and most will involve solar panels. Since building the world’s first offshore wind project 30 years ago off the coast of Denmark, no other company has played a bigger role in transforming that technology into a competitive form of power generation. Yet as Ørsted cements its position in emerging offshore wind markets such as the U.S. and Taiwan, the Danish company is also focusing on a new opportunity: North America’s sunny skies. As of today, Ørsted has not completed a major solar project anywhere in the world, and it has just a single battery project in the U.K. to its name. Fast-forward a year, however, and things will look very different.
GTM 2nd Sept 2020 read more »
Project developers in the UK are now working on overdrive, with the country going through its largest ever phase of new site identification, pre-planning and full planning activity. This comes on the back of an already frantic 2020, leading to a pre-build large-scale ground-mount pipeline capacity now at 10.6GW. The article discusses the key features of this planning deluge, showing graphics that explain the trends underway, and discusses the new focus on 49.9MWp-dc sites that will be based on 500W-plus mono bifacial panels, mounted on single-axis tracking systems. Full details of all projects making up the 10.6GW of new solar sites (including key stakeholders needed to engage with on financing and component supply) are contained in our UK Large-Scale Solar Farms: The Post-Subsidy Prospect List report, updated daily and released monthly by our research team.
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