25 July 2022

Carey Olsen advises Jersey Electricity on plans for first ground-mounted solar farm

Carey Olsen's Jersey property team has advised Jersey Electricity on its proposals to install Jersey's first ground-mounted solar farm which, if approved, would significantly increase the island's solar photovoltaic (PV) capability.

The proposed solar farm would be installed on a 12-acre site at Moulin à Vent in St Clement and forms part of the utility company's strategy to increase diversity in on-island electricity generation. Jersey Electricity hopes that Moulin à Vent will be the first in a series of strategically placed ground-based solar PV farms that will lead to the generation of 11 million kWh a year, enough to power more than 1,500 homes a year.

The Carey Olsen team advising Jersey Electricity throughout the process, including the preparation of bespoke contractual documents, comprised partner Chris Philpott and senior associate Lyndsay Houlette.

Chris said: "Carey Olsen is proud to be advising Jersey Electricity on its latest solar energy projects, and we hope that Moulin à Vent will be the first in a series of ground-mounted farms that will allow Jersey to become more energy independent."

Carey Olsen continues to advise Jersey Electricity on the expansion of its existing roof-based solar programme, most recently in connection with a fifth planned array set to produce a further half a million kWh per year. The firm had previously advised the utility company on the lease agreements in 2020 for its solar arrays at both Woodside Farm and Jersey Dairy – the first PV arrays to be installed by Jersey Electricity on sites outside its own property portfolio.

As part of its plans for Moulin à Vent, Jersey Electricity has committed to work closely with local ecologists to ensure the site remains in agricultural use and to protect and improve wildlife habitats and biodiversity.

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