Subsidy-free solar set to power UK’s first zero carbon electric forecourt

GRIDSERVE will supply the UK’s first zero carbon electric forecourt with subsidy-free solar power, after purchasing the Clayhill hybrid solar farm from Anesco.

Confirmed on 5 August, Clayhill will deliver power to GRIDSERVE’s forecourt through a sleeving power purchase agreement (PPA), which nets off power fed into the grid from the solar farm with an equivalent amount of power consumed from the grid at the forecourt. The combination of the two is a demonstration of GRIDSERVE’s Sun-to-Wheel approach, it explained, which aims to provide “a net zero carbon, completely sustainable electric vehicle charging ecosystem, powered by dependable, low cost, clean energy generated from solar power” and one that does not require any subsidies to deliver or replicate.

Under a 20-year agreement with GRIDSERVE, Anesco will also continue to provide operations and maintenance services for the site, which consists of 10MW solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility.

Jeremy Cross, Chief Commercial Officer at GRIDSERVE, said: “Our mission is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change, and this project will help us to support the UK’s transition to net-zero transport from this year onwards. GRIDSERVE is in a unique position in the industry, having developed sites at York and Hull at the end of last year, with a further pipeline being built out this year, and now acquiring the only other operational solar-plus-storage project in the UK.”