Power purchase agreements for the 50MW Bloy’s Grove solar farm in Norfolk, which obtained planning approval in June of this year, have been signed by EDF Renewables and Network Rail.
About 15% of Network Rail’s annual non-traction energy consumption, which is consumed in offices, depots, and train stops all over the nation, will be covered by the deal.
This expands on Network Rail’s and the wider EDF Group’s current traction supply cooperation in the UK.
The PPA is in line with Network Rail’s pledge, made as part of its environmental sustainability policy, to procure all non-traction energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.
Network Rail’s chief environment and sustainability officer, Jo Lewington, said “Rail is already in a strong position in terms of its green credentials, but it’s crucial that we do everything we can as a business to improve air quality, minimise our use of fossil fuels, and transition to an industry powered by green, renewable, low-carbon energy.”
“Our vision is to serve the nation with the cleanest, greenest form of public transport and this agreement marks another important step towards achieving our aims.”
Wendy Morton, Rail Minister, said “Our railway has long been the backbone of travel across the UK and, as one of the greenest forms of transport, it is set to play a central role in slashing emissions and helping us achieve our world-leading decarbonisation goals.”
“This first of its kind agreement is a huge moment not just for Network Rail but the rail industry as a whole, setting in motion a journey which will see Britain’s favourite transport become even greener, cleaner and more sustainable.”