UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm opens in Bedfordshire


A new solar farm has been completed in Bedfordshire, making it the first in the UK to have been developed without a government subsidy.

Anesco’s Clayhill houses five energy storage units and is equipped with more than 30,000 solar panels, reported CNBC.

In an attempt to replace the country’s ageing coal and nuclear plants by 2020, the UK was required to invest in new energy generating capacity. However, the country is also looking to cut subsidies on renewable power generation, reported Reuters.

To reduce increasing renewable subsidy expenses, the UK Government ceased providing subsidies for new solar and onshore wind projects over the last few years.

"The cost of solar panels and batteries has fallen dramatically over the past few years."

UK Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry said: “The cost of solar panels and batteries has fallen dramatically over the past few years, and this first subsidy-free development at Clayhill is a significant moment for clean energy in the UK.

“Solar panels already provide enough electricity to power 2.7 million homes, with 99% of that capacity installed since 2010.

“The government is determined to build on this success and our ambitious clean growth strategy will ensure we continue to lead the world on the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

Designed and built by Anesco, the solarpower project is equipped with a 6MW energy storage facility.