Suppliers invited to submit interest in Solar Farm process
West Berkshire Council moves a step closer to constructing a new solar farm in Grazeley
In September 2022, West Berkshire Council were granted planning permission to construct a 30.5 hectare solar farm on council-owned land at Bloomfield Hatch Farm.
Since then, we have been working with our development partners to begin the detailed design of the scheme, which when built, will have the capacity to power the equivalent of over 4,000 homes for the next 30 years.
With the detailed design progressing well, our next step is to build up a clearer picture of what the current marketplace looks like so we can choose the most suitable method of procurement when tenders are invited later this year to appoint a contractor to start construction late next year.
Using the Early Market Engagement (EME) process to inform suppliers, we can gather information on likely construction costs, market interest, and available equipment configurations, which will all help to bring the project to the market later this year.
Cllr Adrian Abbs, Executive Member for Climate Action, Recycling and Biodiversity at West Berkshire Council, said:
"A significant amount of work has been done as part of the Council's goal to construct this solar farm project and we are excited to invite tenders from suitably qualified organisations to help us undertake the next steps of creating a large solar farm in West Berkshire. We are looking forward to bringing this online as soon as practicable."
Any suppliers interested in taking part in the EME should view the Prior Information Notice (PIN) documents available on the Government's find a tender platform.