UK-Swindon: Solar energy.

UK-Swindon: Solar energy.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research & Innovation, Polaris House, Swindon, SN2 1EU, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793867000, Email:
Main Address:, Address of the buyer profile:
NUTS Code: UKJ14

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Scientific Research

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2255 Direct Wire Solar Power Purchase Agreement for STFC
Reference number: UKRI-2255

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
09330000 - Solar energy.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES

II.1.4) Short description: UK Research and Innovation (‘UKRI’) is seeking to establish a contract to supply electricity via direct wire solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (‘STFC’). A contract of up to 25 years to supply electricity is being sought via direct wire due to grid capacity limitations at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 46,000,000


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: UKRI is seeking to establish a contract to provide electricity via direct wire (behind the meter) solar PPA for the STFC. Direct wire is sought from a supplier who is able to secure land within 5km of the site in Harwell, Oxfordshire, who has a demonstrable expertise in solar power, and who can manage the full end-to-end process, including all planning permissions, system development etc. Before any PPA can commence, a feasibility project stage will be undertaken to determine viability of the project.

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 70

Cost criterion - Name: Cost Proposal / Weighting: 30

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below (please complete Annex D1)

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Not Provided

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: UKRI-2255
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Direct Wire Solar Power Purchase Agreement for STFC

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 03/04/2023

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 1

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
EDF Energy Renewables Limited, 06456689
Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Tyne and Wear, DH4 5RA, United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: No

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 46,000,000
Total value of the contract/lot: 46,000,000
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: This requirement was procured via the Crown Commercial Services Heat Networks & Electricity Generation Assets (HELGA) DPS. The potential Contract is for a maximum of £46,000,000 throughout the lifetime of the Power Purchase Agreement. A feasibility project stage will commence to determine the viability of the PPA in meeting the requirements. If it is decided the project is not viable, then the PPA will NOT proceed.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research & Innovation, Swindon, SN2 1EU, United Kingdom
Internet address:

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 12/07/2023


2. Other justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union

The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive: Yes

3. Explanation
The procurement was undertaken via the use of Crown Commercial Services (CCS) fully compliant Heat Networks & Electricity Generation Assets (HELGA) DPS, with a call-off competition run in accordance with the DPS rules and process.