First Exeter City Council solar and battery storage project: Plans to build its first solar farm and battery storage project have been announced by Exeter City Council.

The project , which recently finished its preparatory work, is to be constructed on a landfill site which is no longer in use and will comprise of two battery storage containers, a 1.2MW array of 3,702 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, two battery storage containers and an electrical switch room.

Providing renewable energy supply to the council’s nearby operations facility is a 1MW/2MWh battery via a separate connection.

The renewable supply from the project is also expected to support the future electrification of the council’s operational fleet says the local authority.

Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Climate and Culture, Councillor Rachel Sutton said: “This is a really great initiative which shows that the City Council is leading by example and investing in projects, as we move towards a carbon-neutral future.”

It will receive almost £1.6 million in grant funding of the £3.5 million the scheme required is from the European Regional Development Fund designed to drive forward innovation, energy storage solutions and smart grid systems in the region.

The city has made a net zero by 2030 commitment.

First Exeter City Council solar and battery storage project

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