Ameresco and Sunel Begin Construction on 300 MW of Design-Build Solar Park Projects in UK

Dec. 11, 2023
The design-build projects will include five ground-mounted solar PV parks throughout England to generate nearly 300,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually

Ameresco and Sunel Group, an international developer and EPC contractor for energy projects, have begun construction on a portfolio of multiple solar photovoltaic (PV) park projects across the United Kingdom on behalf of Sonnedix, a global renewable energy producer. 

The design-build projects will include five ground-mounted solar PV parks throughout England to generate nearly 300,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually. Design-build projects allow the designer and builder to work together under a single contract to ensure seamless collaboration throughout the construction process. 

The five solar PV parks include:

  • Cowley Complex
  • Gonerby Solar
  • Winkburn Solar Farm
  • Gammaton Solar Farm
  • Lawns Solar Farm

Once completed, the combined solar parks are projected to produce enough clean energy to power 85,000 UK homes and avoid 58,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Sunel as Sonnedix converts its UK project pipeline to deliver positive clean energy results that will benefit many individuals across the UK,” said Britta MacIntosh, Ameresco’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Solar energy solutions are a critical part of the clean energy transition, and we are so happy to work with partners who feel just as passionately about tackling decarbonization goals.”

The solar portfolio is fully contracted under the UK government's Contracts for Difference initiative, which provides guaranteed prices for electricity through 15-year contracts with the Low Carbon Contracts Company. 

Construction on the solar portfolio is expected to be completed by early 2025.

“Projects like this reignite our passion and dedication to our mission, which is rooted in providing world-class renewable energy projects that support the local communities we serve while making significant improvements that benefit the environment," said Konstantinos Zygouras, Sunel CEO. 

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