27 Jun '11, 12am

Switch flicked on UK's "first solar business park": Around 3,000 panels installed at an Oxfordshire business

A business park that counts the Environment Agency among its tenants claims to be the first to connect a large-scale, ground-mounted solar system to the grid - and it may also be one of the last given the drastic cuts to solar subsidies. Around 3,000 photovoltaic panels have been installed at Howbery Business Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, generating over 682MWh of clean electricity per year for its 20 tenant organisations. FURTHER READING Nationwide solar rooftop scheme bags $1.4bn DoE backing Last of its kind? UK's largest solar rooftop completed The system will provide 748kW of electricity at peak output, powering over a quarter of the business park, and save around 350 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, according to Solarcentury, the UK-based solar company that built the array. Chief executive Derry Newman said the Howbery system showed the "serious role solar power ca...

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