SSE Renewables begins construction of solar project in the UK

SSE Renewables, a subsidiary of Scottish energy company SSE, has started construction of 31 MW solar project at the 77-acre site at Littleton Pastures in Worcestershire, in the UK. The project is situated at a site near Evesham.

The company has appointed a Spain-based construction company, Grupotec, as the civil contractor for the project. The project is anticipated to produce enough energy to power 9,400 homes and is scheduled to commence operations in 2024. The solar project is a part of SSE’s plans to invest £40 billion in projects utilising low-carbon energy in the years leading up to 2031-32. The projects will be completely funded by a £18 billion five-year investment plan to 2027. Additionally, the company will add more than 1,000 new employment per year.

In May 2023, SSE Renewables made a final investment decision to build a battery energy storage system (BESS) project in the UK. This second BESS project by SSE, with a capacity of 150 MW/300 MWh, would be built in west Yorkshire, England, on the site of the former Ferrybridge coal-fired power plant. The coal-fired power station, which was once a significant aspect of the West Yorkshire countryside, was decommissioned in 2016.