CHANGCHUN, China, December. 30, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- Suntech, a world-leading
manufacturer of high-performance photovoltaic products, announced they have
supplied all the PV bifacial modules for the "pioneering"
solar-plus-storage photovoltaic project in UK. This project is also claiming it
to be the first in the UK to boast single-axis trackers and bifacial modules.
The UK renewables developer GRIDSERVE completed this "game
changing" hybrid solar-plus-storage farm in York, unveiling a 34.7MW solar
farm that boasts bifacial modules and single-axis trackers, a first for
the UK solar market and what is thought to be the most northerly combination of
the two cutting edge technologies in the world, bifacial modules and trackers –
and the site 'stacks' a number of revenue streams in order to be financially
feasible without subsidy support. And it's those revenue streams, driven by the
combination of bifacial modules, trackers and battery storage, which have
allowed for the project to come forward without the need of subsidies.
Toddington Harper, chief executive at GRIDSERVE, said that subsidy-free
projects such as this demonstrate that the UK is capable of meeting its net
zero obligations "well before 2050". "We've completely rethought
the solar model to maximize value, and we've now demonstrated that we have what
it takes to make projects like this a reality. To replicate this success, we
are now looking to partner with additional landowners, developers, and to
acquire project rights," he said.
Mr. Vincent Cao, Vice President of Suntech, said that in the past 19
years, Suntech has striven to deliver high-quality and cost-effective PV
products to the market. "We will keep on working with valued partners like
GRIDSERVE and wholeheartedly provide reliable products to all our
More than 90,000 bifacial PV modules supplied by Suntech make up the
energy generation element of the site, with single-axis trackers supplied by
Nextracker used to shift the generation portfolio of the solar farm.