Ethical Power’s UK PV construction – Group Company Update

Ethical Power’s UK PV construction - Group Company Update

Ethical Power has been part of the Hive Energy Group since November 2020. The company is one of the UK’s most innovative and ambitious sustainable energy firms. EP is a market-leader in engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, as well as advising on operation and maintenance and asset management.

The team are operating over 250 MW of solar assets across the UK already, with additional contracts in place for more than 300 MW. As well as work in the UK, Ethical Power is supporting Hive’s projects across the globe, with upcoming construction planned for Spain, New Zealand, and Greece.

This month, we caught up with the construction and development teams to get an update on their UK projects.

Winterton Landfill Solar Scheme

Ethical has recently been appointed the Principal Contractor and EPC to deliver the first of what is anticipated to be a number of solar schemes for Infinis. Building on Ethical’s track record of designing and installing solar on landfill, Ethical are poised to construct a 4.3MWp scheme on a restored landfill at Roxby, Scunthorpe.

In light of recent government announcements and narrative around the protection of Best and Most Versatile (BMV) land, Ethical is working closely with a number of partners to focus on the development and deployment of renewable energy systems on ‘non-protected’ land, such as landfill and other brownfield sites. Winterton will be the 5th such scheme that Ethical has installed.    

Broxburn Battery Storage Scheme

Broxburn 50 MW (100MWh) Battery Storage Scheme received planning permission in July and has now cleared the 3-month Judicial Review period.

The project is scheduled to be installed in the autumn of 2023 and was jointly developed by Hive, Ethical, EcoDev Group and Sirius Group. Battery Energy Storage Schemes (BESS) in the UK and globally are seen as essential infrastructure to enable the deployment of renewable energy generation and distribution of power, helping alleviate grid networks that are under considerable pressure. The installation of utility scale battery schemes around the UK will significantly contribute towards decarbonisation targets.

Hive and Ethical, via their development vehicle, HEPD, are currently developing a further pipeline of 500 MWp of BESS systems and where appropriate seeking to co-locate this adjacent to planned and existing solar installations.

Solar & Storage projects

Together with Public Power Solutions, HEPD has recently secured a further 120 MWp of grid capacity to develop three further Solar and Storage (BESS) projects in England and Wales. Subject to planning, the aim is to have these projects operational by the summer of 2027.