22 Dec '14, 9am

UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire. The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon, is built on low-grade farmland used for grazing sheep, which will remain along with new wildflowers to be planted as part of efforts to improve the site's biodiversity. FURTHER READING German energy use sinks to lowest level since reunification Renewables on the rise - At a glance In October, Liz Truss, the environment secretary, attacked solar power projects built on farmland , saying they were hitting food production and announced that farmers would lose agricultural subsidies if they allowed solar panels on farmland. Truss's intervention comes after a decision earlier in the year by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to bring forward the end of the current subsidy re...

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