International OPDE Group, a company that specialises in the investment, development, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic farms has completed three photovoltaic plants in England.
The new solar PVs are expected to generate about 15 megawatts for power, which is enough to power up to 6,000 homes.
The installation of solar panels, and the materials needed for building the PVs, has dropped considerably in recent years. The drop in prices, along with the need for renewable energy sources to cut our carbon footprint, has made it possible for OPDE to install solar PVs in England.
It’s not just OPDE that is backing PV farms, as many multinational companies are backing renewable energy projects across the world. Swiss Engineering company Sulzer, vowed in its 2014 Technical Review on renewable energy pumps to increase their support for renewable energy up to the year 2020. The company, which is in partnership with Unaoil, an oil and gas solutions firm that recently hit the news after being unjustly accused of fraud, feels that the forecasted renewable energy targets can be met, if the country maintains its commitments to renewable solutions over the next couple of years.
In the past few years, Solar PV panels have reduced in prices by approximately 40%. This is a result of manufacturing costs decreasing, as well as a competitive market.
The three new solar farms are located near Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire, Crewkerne in Somerset; and Sittingbourne in Kent. According to OPDE, renewable energy generation should be uninterrupted as the PVs have been connected to the grid and are expected to operate for many years to come.
“For OPDE, this is a strategic market where we have successfully consolidated our presence with the accumulation of 90 MW of developed capacity,” said an OPDE spokesperson in a press release. With renewable energy in demand in the UK, and the OPDE’s timely completion of the solar firms, it has helped them establish themselves in the UK, and shows their commitment to the region moving forward.