Built on the site of a disused tin mine in Cornwall, the UK’s biggest solar farm to date and the first in the South West of England has been connected to the grid by solar energy developer Lightsource Renewable Energy. Covering a 7.2 acre plot at Wheal Jane, Truro, the 1.4 MW farm is the first of many renewable energy projects planned at the reclaimed mine.
The farm’s 5,680 solar panels will generate 1,437 MWh of electricity a year, enough to power the equivalent of 430 homes in the area and save over 737 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Lightsource Renewable Energy has a number of additional sites being built across the UK.
Lightsource Renewable Energy worked with Solarcentury, the UK’s most experienced solar energy company, to deliver the solar farm. The project is funded by Octopus Investments.