Smith Brothers picked as connection provider for 500-MW UK solar/storage project

October 22 (Renewables Now) – Engineering firm Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd said on Monday it has won a contract to deliver turnkey electrical engineering services for the 500-MW Sunnica solar-plus-storage project in England.

The Sunnica Energy Farm scheme is currently in the planning stages and if approved, its construction will begin in 2022. Designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the proposed power complex will be able to generate electricity for about 100,000 homes once completed in 2025.

Smith Brothers’ task will be to act as the independent connection provider (ICP), taking care of all civil, electrical primary and grid works – from the initial design through to construction, commissioning and electrical balance of plant. The company will also oversee the construction of three substations and laying the cable route between the photovoltaic (PV) park and a substation of National Grid.

The company behind the project is Sunnica Ltd, a joint venture between UK-based Tribus Clean Energy and PS Renewables. Its proposal envisages the construction of two separate solar parks, namely Sunnica East and Sunnica West, near Worlington, Suffolk, and Chippenham, East Cambridgeshire, according to a previously published environmental impact assessment scoping report.

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