New hybrid strategy will see PV and storage added to many of the company’s existing onshore wind sites.

ScottishPower is entering the solar energy market with plans to build photovoltaic projects with storage at the company’s existing onshore wind sites in the UK.

The new hybrid technology strategy aims to maximise onshore renewable energy potential in the UK and Ireland, the company said.

Planning applications have already been submitted to add solar technology to the Carland Cross wind farm in Cornwall, Coal Clough in Lancashire and Coldham in Cambridgeshire.

Further applications to add solar to wind farms in Scotland and Ireland are currently being developed, in addition to further solar projects in England, ScottishPower said.

ScottishPower is currently developing over 1GW of new onshore wind projects and it is “anticipated that the vast majority of these sites will also include proposals for solar or batteries, or a mixture of both technologies”, it said.

ScottishPower chief executive Keith Anderson said: “Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting net zero in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

“This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider.

“In the UK and Ireland the perfect of blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

“The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well.

“They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year.

“As well as retrofitting additional technologies to existing sites, as we are already doing, our strategy going forward will see us deliver hybrid projects as standard.

“In the next 18 months I believe that hybrids will be the new normal for all renewable energy developers.”