STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS), a subsidiary of German energy company STEAG, has been granted planning permission to build a 55MW solar farm near King’s Lynn in Norfolk, England.
In addition to the solar power system, the project also includes a coupled storage system for the intermediate storage of up to 15 megawatt-hours.
SENS UK, the British subsidiary of SENS, is working on the implementation of the project with Solar Light Company, a provider of solar technology and services based in the UK.
Christian Kleinhans, project manager at SENS, said: “Thanks to the coupled electricity storage system, solar energy can be temporarily stored in times of weaker demand and made available at a later date, when the demand is correspondingly high or the solar radiation is correspondingly lower.”
In addition to the pure energy yield, the project will adopt a comprehensive sustainability approach.
In cooperation with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, a management plan for the area is being developed, which will provide additional ecological measures on and around the site.
“One of the plans is to plant a hedge about 1km long around the solar farm, providing habitat for a wide variety of animal and plant species,” Kleinhans continues. “Flower strips with wildflowers are also part of the ecological concept for the site.”
SENS also has other projects in the UK in the pipeline.
Together with project partner Namene Solar, SENS aims is to bring a further 200MW of solar energy online in the next two years.
Image credit: STEAG
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