This 5MW site in South Wales was developed, funded through construction and now managed by the Bluefield Group.
The project was a development opportunity that was given planning permission in 2016 and was grid connected in March 2017. It is a good use of land that looks down onto the M4 motorway and is an example of the broad range of expertise that the Bluefield Group has from development through to long term operation of a solar farm.
The Bluefield Group advised on the acquisition of this asset in 2014. The asset is situated on the site of Toyotas car manufacturing plant in Burnaston.
The 4.1MWp site sits within the boundary of the manufacturing base and has a direct wire that takes the electricity straight into the car plant. The plant was the first of its kind in the UK and showed a pioneering commitment to commercial and industrial installations.
The Bluefield Group advised on the acquisition of a 50MW farm in 2015, which was the largest solar farm in the UK at the time of construction.
It sits on c.300 acres of an ex-RAF base in the north Norfolk countryside. Bluefield Partners LLP worked with Trina, the owner of the development, on the acquisition pre-construction and acquired the site post-grid connection. The solar farm provides this historically important area with another notable chapter. In the first half of the 18th century local landowner, Charles Townshend, drove the agricultural revolution via the initiative of crop rotation which, arguably, precipitated the industrial revolution. The 20th century saw the site was used as a key RAF base in the Second World War and now, in the 21st century the site provides the next era defining activity by producing renewable energy.