Solar photovoltaic expert Conergy is to build RWE’s first solar power plant in the UK after being awarded the contract by the German utility.

Conergy announced that it had secured a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a 37 MWp solar plant in the UK from RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading house of European utility RWE Group. It is the first time that RWE has invested in British solar.Conergy

The 129-acre site is on a disused airfield classified as brownfield land at Kencot Hill, 19 miles from the City of Oxford. Once connected towards the end of this summer, the 144,000-panel ground-mounted plant will produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes, with the majority of the power used by local residents, businesses and public sector organisations.

The new zero-carbon power station will also save approximately 380,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next twenty four years – the length of time for which the site has permission – based on the energy mix of today’s National Grid.

Kencot Hill is one of a number of projects in Conergy’s robust UK project pipeline for 2014, of which 68 MW were completed in the first three months of this year. RWE Supply & Trading has an agreement to sell the solar farm once complete to Foresight Solar Fund Limited, a LSE-listed fund managed by Foresight Group, a £1 billion UK-based infrastructure asset manager.