Positech Energy was formed in march 2021 as a UK limited company aiming to develop solar energy in the UK. The company is owned and run by Cliff Harris, a long-time environmentalist who also created and runs Positech Games, an independent video game developer based in the southwest of England.

Positech Energy's first development is a 1.2mwp solar farm with battery storage in Shropshire, UK. The site will consist of 3,024 410w solar panels manufactured by South Korean company Q-Cells, 10 inverters (manufacturer tbc) and 1 battery storage container (manufacturer tbc) likely providing 500kwh of grid-tied storage. Planning permission was granted in October 2022, and construction and energisation is hopefully planned for 2023.

Solar has many advantages for a company like ours. Planning permission in the UK is easier for solar farms than wind farms, and the economics enable small scale solar, whereas tidal, wind and geothermal all require huge investment and can be uneconomic at the level we wish to operate. Solar is also largely maintenance free, and as of 2022, entirely subsidy free in the UK. It also operates in a truly free market, unlike government backed and subsidised energy such as nuclear power.

As the UK develops more renewable energy, and also shifts from the internal combustion engine to Electric Vehicles, the load on the national grid will become more and more volatile. Grid-scale storage is one way to ensure a renewable grid can work, by smoothing out the peaks and troughs in demand and supply caused by the intermittancy of wind, solar and tidal energy. Grid storage is a small but rapidly expanding part of the UK energy sector.

Business enquiries should be sent by email to cliff AT positechenergy.com