07 Jul '11, 11am

Old Mine Becomes 1.4MW Solar Power Plant: 7.11 Utility-scale solar power was just getting started in the UK, whe...

Utility-scale solar power was just getting started in the UK , when developments had the brakes put on by an unexpected review of Government feed-in tariffs to large-scale solar . Nevertheless there have been a slew of larger solar projects going up over the last few months, with a rush to get them up before the money stopped flowing. One of the latest may also be one of the coolest, as an abandoned tin mine becomes a 1.4MW solar plant providing clean energy to hundreds of homes. Covering a 7.2acre plot at Wheal Jane, Truro, in Cornwall—in the South West of England—the 1.4MW plant is on the site of a disused tin mine. The developers' claim that it is the country's largest solar plant seems a little hard to justify, given Toyota's 4.1MW array at its UK hybrid factory , but nevertheless it is a huge undertaking for a country not familiar with large solar. Derry Newman, CEO o...

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