Toyota wanted a partner to create a turnkey project for the UK’s largest factory-connected solar PV installation. This was to help power their first European Model Sustainable Plant at Burnaston.
Following our commission, there was a change in the government Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) scheme for large-scale systems – a programme that promoted the uptake of renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
This change allowed us to significantly accelerate the project with installation and commissioning being completed in less than four months from project approval.
We were responsible for the full development of the site including environmental studies and planning support. During the 10-week construction programme we installed nearly:
The electricity generated via the solar panels is sent via long cables to a power inverter where it’s converted from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).
It’s then ready to be used directly by the business, just like electricity that’s bought from a supplier.
This was a funded project providing the project finance through a funding vehicle. Toyota receive all the electricity generated, and the funding vehicle takes any FiT revenue.
The PV system is now providing 5% of Toyota’s site energy consumption, helping to cut costs and reduce the carbon footprint.
The installation has now been sold to Bluefield LLP, a specialist investor in UK renewable energy and solar PV.
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