NTR mobilises to site following acquisition of 58.8 MWp Ockendon solar project
Ockendon solar farm situated on the outskirts of London, considered one of Europe’s largest solar farms constructed on a former landfill site
Innovative engineering techniques adopted to repurpose unused land
Dublin, August 31, 2022: NTR is about to start construction of a 58.8MWp solar farm at Ockendon, following its acquisition from REG Power Management (“RPM”). Located in Essex, UK, the project is considered to be one of the largest solar farms to be built on a repurposed landfill site in Europe, and will provide around 17,000 homes with power, once operational.
In line with NTR’s focus on creating a circular economy to protect the environment, the former landfill site is being left undisturbed, with specialist engineering and design techniques being adopted by NTR to repurpose the land for renewable energy power generation.
Using the latest solar technology, NTR will install 540Watt bi-facial solar panels which are capable of capturing sunlight on both sides of the panel. These panels have a higher efficiency rate, resulting in increased output density and optimisation of energy yields per square metre. Mobilisation works have commenced with the project expected to be fully operational in Q3 2023.
Anthony Doherty, Chief Investment Officer at NTR, commented:
“This is a hugely exciting project for us particularly due to the location of the site. We are repurposing land that would otherwise go unused to supply clean power from a source next door to London where significant demand for renewable energy lies. Our team worked hard to develop new and innovative engineering solutions to ensure minimum disruption to the landfill and maximum clean energy output is achieved.”
Andrew Whalley, Chief Executive of RPM, noted:
“We are delighted to have developed a strong relationship with NTR in the course of selling them the Ockendon solar farm. Their deep understanding of both renewable energy projects and the waste sector made them the ideal investor to take forward this key solar farm which is strategically located on the edge of London, has good irradiation and can be operational before the end of 2023.”
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Established in 1978, NTR is an experienced sustainable infrastructure investor and asset manager driving Europe’s clean energy transition. NTR develops, constructs and operates renewable energy projects in over 50 locations across six European countries, specialising in wind, solar and energy storage. With approximately €1.2 billion of capital deployed, NTR has developed, constructed and operated close to 3GW of wind, solar and energy storage projects to date.
NTR’s mission of developing, constructing, and operating sustainable infrastructure in a responsible manner means that we incorporate an ESG mindset into every stage of the business. From initial investment assessment through to operational projects, NTR aims to have a positive impact on the environment and society while maintaining strong governance and risk management oversight.
RPM is one of the most experienced renewable energy developers in the UK. RPM is owned by its management team. It is focused on developing onshore wind and solar projects in the UK for a small number of capital partners.
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