The first photovoltaic (PV) solar farm to connect directly to the UK’s National Grid transmission network has started generating power. The project links Cero Generation and Enso Energy’s 49.9 megawatt Larks Green solar array to the National Grid’s 400 kilovolt Iron Acton substation near Bristol, England and will include a 49.5 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) capable of generating 99 megawatt hours of electricity. The first-of-its-kind tandem solar and battery system, the solar plant could help the UK come closer to meeting its 2035 carbon goals. The solar farm sits on 200 acres, is made up of 152,400 solar modules and will generate more than 73,000 MWh each year -- enough to power more than 17,300 homes.

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