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BT awards £26m solar contract

A contract for the Martlesham solar farm project in Suffolk has been awarded to UK Sustainable Energy.

The £26 million deal is intended to provide power for the BT Adastral Park site, located nearby, which is the company’s key research facility in the UK.

UK-SE’s contract requires it to provide all of the Adastral Park site’s power for the next 20 years.

In addition to Martlesham, the company will also use output from its 8 MW Brightwell 16 hectare solar farm, which was recently completed.

BT has been praised by UK-SE for its efforts in supporting smaller companies in comments by its chief executive Don Lord:

“This is the largest dedicated private wire solar project anywhere in the United Kingdom and it is testament to BT’s willingness to engage and work with smaller business.

“From UK-SE’s perspective, this project has given us the credibility to roll out zero cost solar farms to many other UK and North East corporates which is undoubtedly a positive for the region with vast environmental benefits.”