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UK Large-Scale Solar Farms: The Post-Subsidy Prospect List

The UK is emerging as a leading post-subsidy market for ground-mounted solar farms, from 2018 and beyond. The UK Large-Scale Solar Farms: The Post-Subsidy Prospect List contains multi-gigawatt capacity of new solar sites being scoped and planned for completion in the next few years.

These so-called ‘subsidy-free’ sites will form the basis of the next strong growth phase of utility-scale solar deployment in the UK from 2018 onwards.

The current pipeline of ground-mount sites in the UK is comprised of legacy (distressed) ROC/CfD planning activity, and a new raft of post-subsidy planning applications that were scoped or submitted post the ROC-incentive deadline announcement. Our in-house research team tracks new plans, proposals, and planning applications (screening or full submissions) for UK solar farms.

The report provides:

  • Full visibility on all developers’ pipelines
  • Identify the projects co-located with storage
  • Engage with key stakeholders early to secure their business

Highlights from the August report:

  • The total pipeline capacity at August 2017 in the report adds up to 3.33 GW split across 312 sites, of which 730 MW include energy storage (ESS) plans.
  • 255 of the 312 sites have planning application approved (approx. 2 GW). Within this subset, new applications (submitted during 2016/2017) that have already been approved is approx. 100-150 MW with this number increasing monthly. There is a further 100 MW plus expected to have planning submission decisions made in the next 2-3 months.
  • Approx. one-third of the pipeline is coming from the post-subsidy applications. Many of the projects that spilled over from RO/CfD efforts are unlikely to be completed, although some developers have held unused site capacity (less grid-connection costs from RO-part completions before 31 March 2017), hoping to build these subsidy-free.
  • Looking specifically at the newer 2016/2017 applications only (screening/scoping/FUL-applications), 24 out of the total of 94 sites include ESS (equiv. to 560 MW out of 1330 MW total).