The solar farms, located in the countryside close to Great Yarmouth (14MW), Cardiff (7MW) and in Dorset (18MW), were connected to the grid at the end of March and are now exporting enough green electricity to the grid to power 12,000 British homes. By cutting Britain’s reliance on gas and coal, they are expected to reduce carbon emissions by some 344,000 tonnes over the next 20 years.
The projects, which are owned and managed by Primrose Solar, were developed with Camborne Energy, which specialises in the development of large-scale solar farms. Camborne Energy identified suitable sites and obtained planning permission and grid connections, whilst Conergy funded the development cost, managed the development process and designed and built the projects. Conergy will provide ongoing maintenance.
The construction projects began at the end of last year and continued through the record-breaking wet weather of January and February that caused widespread flooding across many parts of southern England, disrupting many solar farm projects. Still, the project was competed on time.
“Building these large projects was a challenging task, particularly given the heavy rain and flooding that we have had this winter," Giles Clark, CEO of Primrose Solar, explained. "We are very pleased to work with Conergy, which has been outstanding in delivering on time and in the most difficult conditions.”