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Published on May 12th, 2014 | by James Ayre


SunEdison Interconnects 117 MW Of Utility-Scale Solar Projects In United Kingdom

May 12th, 2014 by  

One of the biggest solar companies in the world today, SunEdison, recently announced that it had finished construction on a 117 MW (DC) portfolio of utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plants across the UK.

The portfolio, which consists of eight separate solar power plants, represents the company’s first completed development in the UK market.

Image Credit: SunEdison

Image Credit: SunEdison

“We just entered the UK solar market this year and have already interconnected eight plants,” stated Jose Perez, president of SunEdison Europe, Africa, and Latin America. “This is a testament to our ability to enter a new market and efficiently execute projects that add to the company’s bottom line. We attribute much of our success to our ability to find highly-qualified local vendors to partner with. They provide localized expertise while helping us support the local job market.”

The completion of the new portfolios follows close on the heels of the recently signed deal between SunEdison and Statkraft — a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that will see Statkraft purchase the renewable energy produced by SunEdison’s 88 MW (DC) portfolio of six utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plants currently under construction in the UK.

In related news, SunEdison’s growth is expected to see yet another surge this year, with 1150 MW worth of solar PV projects in the pipeline. The expected surge represents a 90% increase in the number of projects completed as compared to the previous year.

That’s significant growth for sure, and growth that will likely continue for some time, considering the company’s ever-growing project list. Most recently, the company began a study, along with the Saudi Arabian government, to determine the feasibility of a proposed $6.4 billion fully integrated solar PV manufacturing complex in the Middle Eastern country. With the completion of such a plant, the company will likely have maneuvered itself into an enviable position with regards to doing business with the extremely wealthy oil-producer. 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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