Hitachi Capital UK and GRIDSERVE have joined forces, aiming to revolutionise the UK’s approach to solar energy and create infrastructure to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption.
Announced on 30 April, the partnership will see GRIDSERVE develop what it claims will be the UK’s most technically advanced hybrid solar farms in conjunction with a new network of solar powered Electric Forecourts. A network of over 100 Electric Forecourts will be delivered over the next five years, supported by multi-million-pound funding from Hitachi Capital, providing all types of EVs with “ultra-fast, dependable” charging.
Hitachi’s loan facility is set to support projects such as GRIDSERVE’s hybrid solar farms in Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire, as well as its state-of-the-art Electric Forecourt near Braintree which is soon set to open.
Alongside this loan facility, Hitachi Capital and GRIDSERVE, in conjunction with Hitachi Europe SIB, are also working together on other green energy focused projects This includes electrification of the UK bus network and the supply of EVs with charging included at GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourts.
Robert Gordon, CEO of Hitachi Capital, said: “The response to the current pandemic has highlighted the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. We now have a real opportunity, through flagship programmes like this, to create the infrastructure needed to fast-track electric vehicle adoption across the UK and meet the Government’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050. Creating a greener, cleaner society.”