The Bradenstoke solar power plant. Credit: British Solar Renewables Ltd

Royal Dutch Shell unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England.

The plant, which began operations in 2015, is operated by British Solar Renewables (BSR). It has a 68 MW peak capacity and covers 213 acres of a former Royal Air Force base in southern England.

BSR said that Shell signed a five-year offtake agreement for the facility.

“Power purchase agreements provide stability in a volatile energy market, and we are delighted that we have been able to work with Shell Energy Europe to complete this five-year agreement,” Graham Harding, BSR’s managing director, said in a statement.

Shell operates in 14 European power markets, and buys power from wind farms and solar parks in the U.K. and mainland Europe. According to BSR, Shell will supply the power generated from the Bradenstoke plant to customers in the UK.

“The UK is one of our key markets for power, and we’ve been exploring ways to increase our power presence in the country on both the buy and sell side,” Jonathan McCloy, GM North West Europe for Shell Energy Europe, said. 

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