Solar Farms Dash to Beat Feed-in Tariff Deadline

As numerous large-scale solar farm parks across the UK continue to work against the clock to beat the 1 August feed-in tariff (Fit) deadline, two more solar parks have just begun to start generating electricity.

Ecotricity’s 1 megawatt solar farm park in Lincolnshire has been constructed on Fen Farm, on land next to the Conisholme 20-turbine wind farm. The installation is expected to generate enough electricity for nearly 300 average homes in the area.

In Cornwall, the UK’s largest solar farm park has just gone online and will power 430 local homes from its 5,680 solar panels. Built on the site of a disused tin mine, the Wheal Jane solar farm has been designed and installed by Solar Century. The project was developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy as part of a wider scheme to turn the old mine site into a business park using energy from solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal sources.

The 7.2 acre, 1.4 megawatt solar farm park near Truro is one of up to ten large-scale solar farms being rushed into operation to beat the looming feed-in tariff deadline, which will see subsidies for commercial solar power projects drastically cut from the beginning of August.

Under the revised rates, feed-in tariffs for solar installations with between 50kW and 150kW of capacity will fall 42% to 19p/kWh. Mid-size installations with between 150kW and 250kW capacity will see incentives cut 51% 15p/kWh, and installations with between 250kW and 5MW of capacity will see feed-in tariffs slashed 72% to 8.5p/kWh.

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