Britain's first large-scale solar farm has hit electricity generation targets for its first 12 months of operation – despite the dismal summer.
Ecotricity's Fen Farm Sun Park in Conisholme, Lincolnshire, generated over 884,000 units of electricity in its first year from the 1MW installation that has 5,157 solar panels spread over 1.95 hectares. It has since passed the one million unit mark.
Dale Vince, founder of green energy company Ecotricity, said: "The solar and wind installations in a hybrid energy park compliment and balance the season's natural variations.
"Ecotricity had plans for several more large-scale sun parks across the UK, which could also have been generating for the last 12 months. Those plans were mothballed as a result of the Government's decision to pull-the-plug on the solar industry.
"Last year every British household had £17 added to their annual energy bill to help build renewable energy infrastructure. By comparison, every household also had £120 added to their energy bill due to rising cost of gas on the global energy markets. That £120 didn't build any extra electricity generation, it just covered the cost of buying ever more expensive fossil fuels."