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UK solar company Foresight Group is targeting a 700MW pipeline of projects thanks to a joint venture (JV) with developer Island Green Power.
Together they will develop five subsidy-free projects, located throughout England and Wales.
Peter Bolton, director, Foresight, said that as a “highly experienced renewable energy investor” it is well positioned for the anticipated second phase of growth in the country’s solar market.
“Opportunities for asset optimisation and a continual reduction in capital costs will make unsubsidised solar investment increasingly attractive. Island GP has a strong track record of solar development and continues to develop a high-quality pipeline of new sites.
“The joint venture’s five projects will help increase the UK’s proportion of generating capacity from renewable energy sources, as is required by the government’s net zero targets.”
In September, Foresight announced another JV, with Elgin Energy for 200MW of UK solar. This will see them target the development of six projects located in England, Wales and Scotland.
Foresight has also recently made its maiden move in the Spanish market, thanks to a €20 million deal to acquire a 26.1MW solar project that has a PPA with Shell Energy Europe.
Ian Lawrie, the company’s director, said the firm has now developed in excess of 1GW of solar, and is “delighted” to have formed the JV with Foresight to “accelerate our development efforts in the UK".
“Foresight is a leading investor in renewables infrastructure and we look forward to growing their solar portfolio as the energy revolution continues. We had several suitors wanting to enter into a similar joint venture with us and we are delighted that Foresight came through in the most efficient manner and with the best deal for Island Green Power.”
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