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11 Jul 2011 10:07:02

UK's largest solar farm connected to grid

UK's largest solar farm connected to grid
The UK's largest solar farm with a generation capacity of 1.4 MW has now been connected to the grid.

Developer Lightsource Renewable Energy, in partnership with Solarcentury and Octopus Investments, installed 5,680 solar panels at a disused tin mine in Truro, Cornwall.

Lightsource believes the Wheal Jane solar farm will save up to 737 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and claims it is the largest in the UK to be connected to the grid to date.

Conor McGuigan, head of panning for Lightsource, said: "While it's been disappointing that the government has decided not to support the large scale solar sector going forward, the solar farms developed this summer will play a critical role in the supply of green energy in the UK."

However, the government's Feed-in Tariff cuts have led to the cancellation of some solar projects, including Marks & Spencer's plans for a solar array at its Bradford distribution centre.

Richard Gillies, Marks & Spencer's director of Plan A, CSR and sustainability, said the decision was taken following changes in government policy, BusinessGreen reported. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800617054-ADNFCR

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