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    Centrica’s solar farm now operational

    Codford Solar Farm, owned and operated by Centrica, is now generating electricity, marking the company’s first newly-built photovoltaic project. This is part of Centrica’s larger plan to develop a portfolio of flexible energy assets with a total capacity of 900MW.


    Construction at the Wiltshire site in England commenced in April 2022 following the acquisition of consent by Centrica Business Solutions in 2021.


    Comprising 33,000 panels, the solar farm has an overall capacity of 18MW and is expected to generate 19GWh of clean electricity annually, which is sufficient to power approximately 4,850 homes. Centrica previously announced its goal of delivering 900MW of low-carbon assets by 2026.


    Centrica is also actively involved in constructing battery storage projects at former gas peaking plants located in Brigg, Lincolnshire, Knapton, North Yorkshire, and Ostend in Belgium. Furthermore, the company has developed a significant pipeline of projects with multiple gigawatts (GW) of capacity.


    To support the solar farm’s development and increase renewable power supply to the UK Grid, Vodafone has agreed to purchase half of the electricity output.


    When combined with existing agreements, approximately 47% of Centrica’s annual energy requirement will come from renewable power sources in the UK by 2025.


    Through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement, around 9GWh of green electricity will be dedicated to Vodafone UK, while the remainder will be sold to the national grid through Centrica’s Energy Marketing & Trading business.


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