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Riding Sunbeams Solar Railways


Approval status


Fully approved

Delivery status


Project in progress

Expected completion date


Expected Autumn 2022

​The project will build and connect the world’s first megawatt scale community renewable solar energy plant directly powering the direct current railways located in the heart of East Sussex.

The project will be delivered through an innovation collaboration between green technology start-up Riding Sunbeams and Network Rail and will develop the route to market for subsidy free renewable energy generators to directly supply the UK’s largest energy user.

Project Update – September 2021

At the Accountability Board meeting in September 2021 it was agreed that the project met the conditions for the retention of GBF funding beyond 31 March 2022, for a maximum period of 6 months. This decision was endorsed by the Strategic Board at their October 2021 meeting.

Project Outputs
Jobs created/safeguarded 40
R&D facilities floorspace unlocked (sq m) 6,000
CO2 emissions avoided (kg) 3,280,009

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East.

£85m of Getting Building Fund investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 34 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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Funding value: £2,527,500
Total Project cost: TBC
Return to Capital Investment