Switch Flicked on Buckinghamshire Solar Park

Situated on the runway of a former Battle of Britain airfield, Westcott Solar Park in Buckinghamshire is one of the UK’s first large-scale solar parks to get the go-ahead in the UK, after the Government announced its plans to reduce the feed-in-tariff (Fit) scheme for large-scale solar plants.

Developed by property company Rockspring, to provide solar power to the Westcott Venture Park, the plant will initially produce around 365,000 kWh per year, saving 70 tonnes of carbon and enough energy to provide over 15% of the electricity consumed by the 60 plus companies that work out of the business and office space in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The plant – which was connected to the grid this week – received planning permission for 1,500 solar panels in November 2010, and German solar park contractors Solon SE began construction on the project in April.

“We hope this will encourage others within the industry to follow suit, and that the project can be used as an example with which to encourage the Government to change its attitude to large scale solar projects,” said construction partner, James Flynn.

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