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Welcome to the first edition of our monthly round-up of news in the renewable energy sector. As experts in solar farm security, we keep up to date with industry news, and developments.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve installed and upgraded various security systems at solar farms and other renewable energy sites across the UK. 

 

To summarise, we have:

 

  • Attended over 120 solar sites and rectified security systems faults 

 

  • Designed, installed, and upgraded  a further 40 systems 

 

As experts in solar farm security, we keep an eye on updates and developments within the industry. Each month, we will be sourcing and collating a range of solar and renewable industry news.

 

As this industry is set to soar over the next few years, there will be plenty to report on.

 

Renewable Energy & Solar Industry News Round-Up

 

In this first new round-up we’ve included news items covering:

 

  • Recent pipeline acquisitions

 

  • New government investment

 

  • The UK’s first electric charging forecourt, and more

 

  • Growth of companies operating in this industry

 

Lightsource BP acquires 1GW Spanish PV pipeline

 

Lightsource BP has recently acquired a 1000MW solar photovoltaic project portfolio distributed across Spain from developer RIC Energy.

 

 

Lightsource BP Europe and international CEO Kareen Boutonnat said:

 

“This is our largest European acquisition to date, adding 1GW to Lightsource bp’s current pipeline and further cementing our presence in the Spanish energy market.

 

“Partnering with local developers enables us to deploy new projects quickly and safely, providing affordable and sustainable solar power for businesses and communities across the region. We are looking forward to working with RIC Energy and bringing this portfolio to financial close.”

 

You can read the full article here.

 

Six UK projects receive £8m to cut industry carbon emissions

A total of six projects across the United Kingdom will receive a share of £8 million (€8.8 million) in government funding as part of an initiative to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by no later than 2040.

 

 

“The UK is leading the world’s green industrial revolution, with ambitious targets to decarbonise our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.

“As we continue to level up the UK economy and build back greener, we must ensure every sector is reducing carbon emissions to help us achieve our commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

“This funding will help key industrial areas meet the challenge of contributing to our cleaner future while maintaining their productive and competitive strengths.”

 

You can read the full article here.

 

Gridserve Opens UK’s First All-Electric Car Charging Forecourt Opens in Essex

 

 

 

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in achieving GRIDSERVE’s purpose to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. It’s our collective responsibility to prevent greenhouse gas emissions rising further, and electric vehicles powered by clean energy represent a large part of the solution. However, charging has to be simple and free of anxiety, which is why we’ve designed our Electric Forecourts® entirely around the needs of drivers.”

 

Toddington Harper, Founder and CEO of GRIDSERVE

 

You can read the article on the Gridserve site here or via The Guardian.

 

BELECTRIC on Course for 3-Gigawatt Milestone in Managing Global Solar Power Plants

 

Key renewable energy organisation, BELECTRIC continues to grow its Operations & Maintenance (O&M) business and now operates solar farms with more than 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity across the world.Solar fields

This growth now makes BELECTRIC one of the top 5 O&M service providers in this space globally according to a ranking by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

“We offer our customers operational management and maintenance services from a single source, not only for
state-of-the-art plants but also for older power plants. With approximately 20 years of experience in power plant construction and around 530 solar plants under constant monitoring, our service teams with around 220 employees have the necessary expertise and technical know-how not only to ensure plant performance, but to continuously improve it,” explains Barry Bennett, Head of International O&M at BELECTRIC.

 

You can read the full article here

 

Green for Go as Renewable Energy Firm Prepares for Further Expansion

 

North Yorkshire renewable energy company Norstar, has just teamed up with a global counterpart to deliver green energy projects in the UK.

The Easingwold-based business is now working with European Energy to identify and develop suitable sites to promote the green energy revolution across the country.

 

 

 

Rufus Salter, director of Norstar, explained: “Green energy is an idea whose time has finally come. The Government has just unveiled its Energy White Paper with a bold £4bn plan, aiming to eradicate the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.”

 

You can read the full article here.

 

UK Electricity from Renewables Outpaces Gas and Coal Power

 

The United Kingdom’s renewable electricity supply outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first time in 2020 and may remain the largest source of electricity in the future, according to an independent climate thinktank.

The think tank that produced the report, Ember, revealed renewable energy generated via wind, sunlight, water, and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.

 

 

Charles Moore, the program leader at Ember, said: “With Boris’s 40GW 2030 offshore wind target, gas generation is set for further rapid declines over the 2020s. It is clear the UK has started its journey towards gas power phase-out in 2035 as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.”

 

You can read the full article here.

 

Solar Farm Security – Services and Case Studies

 

As mentioned at the top of this article, Safeguard Systems are experts in the field of solar site protection and security.

 

For more information on the services we offer and the work we’ve delivered we have included some links below:

 

Security Services for Solar Sites

 

Solar Farm Security – Monitored CCTV, perimeter protection, and alarms

 

Solar Farm Security Case Studies

 

Below are links to a couple of case studies, for solar site security projects.

 

Monitored Solar Farm CCTV Case Study

 

Perimeter Protection for a Solar Site Case Study

 

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