UK-based power company Public Power Solutions (PPS), owned by Swindon Borough Council, has signed a co-development agreement with Hive Energy and Ethical Power to develop a solar and battery asset pipeline.

The partners aim to fund, build and manage 250MW of energy capacity over the next three years.

PPS will lead project development and work with Hive Energy and Ethical Power to optimise the project sites.

Hive Energy and Ethical Power will be responsible for building the projects and managing them in the long term.

PPS managing director Bernie Brannan said: “PPS is looking forward to working with Hive and Ethical to deliver a significant pipeline of solar and storage developments that will make an important contribution to the UK’s plans to decarbonise our energy system.

“Our partnership will facilitate a consistent approach over the life of our projects and ensure long-term beneficial relationships with the communities that host them.”

The first project to be developed by the partners will be a 45MW solar and battery storage scheme at Burcot Farm in South Oxfordshire.

The companies intend to apply for planning permission early this year for the project.

Hive-Ethical Project Developments director Stuart Whiteford said: “We are delighted to have entered into a long-term strategic partnership with PPS to deliver renewable energy projects in the UK.

“By combining our resources, we are able to provide a cradle-to-grave service with a strong focus on early community engagement, ensuring that value is created for the benefit of all invested parties from the outset, and subsequently delivering projects that are capable of being effectively maintained, operated and restored with minimal impact on their environment.

“It is our ambition that the legacy of each plant is one that we and local communities can be proud of.”