Solar farm company celebrates six schemes

Gosfield Solar Farm in Essex, built by Push Energy.

Gosfield Solar Farm in Essex, built by Push Energy. - Credit: Archant

A Colchester-based solar farm company is celebrating the completion of six projects across East Anglia since 2013, generating a total of 92 megawatts of energy.

The projects, built by Push Energy’s in-house EPC, Push Build, are producing power for 27,800 homes in the area, saving more than 55,600 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Push Energy says it has developed 92 megawatts of energy itself, with a further 29MW produced from projects sold on to others to build.

The six completed projects include three sites in Essex at Boxted, Gosfield and Langenhoe. Another is in North Hertfordshire and two are in south Cambridgeshire at Bassingbourn and Croydon.

They were connected to the National Grid between September 2014 and 20th March 2015.

Stuart Bradshaw, CEO at Push Energy said: “We’re delighted to have completed and energised all six of these sites.

“The solar farms are making tangible savings in CO2 emissions and are powering thousands of homes. We’d like to thank all our partners and the local community for their support on these projects.”

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The sites were all completed and energised before the end of the financial year when the government stopped support for solar farms over 5MW under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme.

The firm will shortly be starting construction on its next 30MW of projects at various sites in East Anglia and the Midlands, including at Birch, near Colchester, and at Peterborough.

The company is also looking at developing further solar farms and aims to work with new developers and landowners who have, or who are seeking, planning consent to build solar farms.

Push Energy says it is now one of the fastest growing businesses in East Anglia, with “a strong background in farming and passion about conservation management”.

All its sites have been planned and constructed with dual use sheep grazing in mind and adhere to the Solar Trade Association’s (STA’s) 10 commitments, it says.