UK University, SSE Energy developing 12.2-MW Solar site in England

May 25, 2022
The project is projected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 1,110 tons per year.

The University of Surrey is working with SSE Energy Solutions to develop a 12.2 MW solar facility on its land to the west of Guildford.

The project is projected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 1,110 tons per year. It is crucial to meeting the University’s target of net-zero emissions by 2030.

Moreover, the project may increase the biodiversity around the land as it has been observed, by some ecologists, that solar facilities demonstrate a gradual increase in the local variety of plants, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, according to the release.

“We are a responsible developer with in-depth expertise in operating low carbon infrastructure,” Pieter D’haen, Senior Development Manager from SSE Energy Solutions, said. “Now more than ever it is essential to accelerate the indigenous generation of clean energy to enhance the national security of energy supply and the University of Surrey project is a great example of what communities can do to play their part.”

Additionally, the university has planned to launch the Surrey Institute for Sustainability later in 2022 to enable inter-disciplinary research.

The project aligns with SSE’s commitment to help people and places decarbonize. It has outlined a £12.5bn capital investment plan to accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions.

The University of Surrey was established in 1966 as a public research institution.