Largest community energy project in Wales goes live

The Awel Aman Tawe wind farm, the largest community energy project in Wales, has been connected to the grid.

The two turbines will together produce enough electricity to power 2,500 homes.

The project was funded with a £3.55 million Welsh Government loan, a £1.6m community share offer and grants from other bodies.

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BayWa sells solar farms

German company BayWa has sold three solar farms to Greencoat Solar I, the first solar vehicle to be launched by renewable investment management firm Greencoat Capital.

The three solar farms – in Cornwall, Kent and South Wales – will be commissioned in March and together will generate 30MW.

Greencoat Solar I has also bought six solar farms from Primrose Solar, which have a combined capacity of 78MW.

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Green light for MeyGen 1B

Atlantis Resources has taken its investment decision to proceed with Phase 1B of its Meygen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth off the North of Scotland.

Phase 1B will include larger rotors to capture more energy.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of Atlantis, said: “The lessons we have learned from Phase 1A and the confidence it has given to both us and our supply chain allow us to deliver significant improvements and refinements in this next phase.

“We believe these improvements will yield more electricity for each pound of investment and represent a material step down our cost reduction curve.”

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Trade associations create renewables hub

The Solar Trade Association is to move into fellow trade body RenewableUK’s office in London to create a “renewables hub”.

Hugh McNeal, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, said: “It makes sense for our two organisations to work alongside one another in this way, sharing space and sharing ideas on how we both deliver for our members and enable them to deliver vital, modern, and affordable power for UK consumers.”

Jonathan Selwyn, STA Chair, added: “This move will enable us to develop areas of shared interest and tackle some of the common political barriers to development.”

> Read RenewableUK's statement

Centrica announces energy storage plans

British Gas-owner Centrica plans to build a 49MW battery storage facility at Roosecote in Cumbria after winning a contract in the latest Capacity Market auction.

The FTSE 100 company said: “The battery storage facility, which will be one of the world’s largest of its kind, will be capable of holding enough power to meet the needs of around 50,000 homes, responding to fluctuations in demand in under a second.”

As part of a £180 million investment, the firm also plans to build two 50MW fast response distributed generation gas-fired plants at Brigg in North East Lincolnshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and a 370MW combined cycle gas turbine at King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

> See Centrica's statement