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RWE begins building its first solar farms in Great Britain

RWE begins building its first solar farms in Great Britain

RWE, the UK's largest electricity producer and one of the largest renewable energy developers, has started construction of its first seven solar farms in the UK, which will have a capacity of 330 megawatts (MW).

The projects are the first to be implemented from the development portfolio that RWE acquired last year through the acquisition of project developer JBM Solar. The pipeline totals approximately 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity and 2.3 GW of battery storage projects. The acquisition makes RWE one of the top 3 solar developers in Great Britain.

The first construction works are already underway at locations in central and southern England. RWE has already secured contracts, known as contracts for difference, for all projects. In future, solar projects will be coupled with battery storage so that the grid can be utilized optimally.

Katja Wunschel, CEO RWE Renewables Europe & Australia: “The creation of these seven solar parks is an important milestone for RWE. In doing so, we are expanding and diversifying our portfolio in Great Britain – one of our strategic growth markets. By using the latest technology, we will maximize production at these locations. We aim to increase our solar capacity fivefold by 2035, Our projects will play a key role in helping the UK achieve a similar target for battery storage, further decarbonising its electricity generation and achieving its ambitious climate targets.

RWE has appointed two UK-based companies to develop: Ethical Power and Equans Solar & Storage. The first of the seven solar parks will be online by the end of 2024, with the rest of the projects soon to follow. Once fully operational, the seven plants will be able to meet the average annual electricity needs of more than 140,000 UK homes.

RWE will provide a total of 645,000 British pounds to support local projects, create employment and work closely with local companies. Funding is done in close collaboration with local communities.

RWE aims to build an average of 450 MW of new solar capacity in the UK by 2030, supporting the country's target of 70 GW of solar by 2035. Globally, RWE plans to increase its installed solar capacity from the current 3.9 GW to 16 GW by 2030.

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