Solar farm and renewable site

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.

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired a new 1GW portfolio of projects in Spain, from local developer RIC Energy.

— Lightsource bp (@Lightsourcebp) January 21, 2021

Kareen Boutonnat, CEO of Lightsource BP Europe and international 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.

Six UK projects receive £8m to cut industry carbon emissions: @NetZeroNW #decarbonisation #industrial #netzero #carbonemissions

— Bioenergy Insight (@BioenergyInfo) January 6, 2021

“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


We are very excited to announce that UK’s FIRST Electric Forecourt® is OPEN TODAY! ⚡️ 🚘

Plug-in at our 100% renewably powered, ultra-fast charging forecourt in Braintree, Essex. 🔌

Look forward to seeing you there!

— GRIDSERVE HQ (@GRIDSERVE_HQ) December 7, 2020

“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

Solar fields

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.

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.

Green for go as renewable energy firm prepares for further expansion

— TheBusinessDesk YK (@BusinessDesk_YK) January 12, 2021

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.

Another milestone in the UK’s energy transition.

Renewable energy generated by 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.

— Paul Eastwood (@pauleastwd) January 28, 2021

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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