Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Welsh 1st solar park in 'nick of time'

A 10,000 solar panel park in Pembrokeshire has opened in the nick of time - 3 weeks before the Governments feed-in tariff reductions kick in for large scale renewables installations.

The solar park which cost £2.5 million is Wales' first solar park.

The solar panels are of a special design, featuring a cutting edge thin film, from the States. They're expected to generate one megawatt - enough to power around 300 homes.

Although various developers are getting around the development 'size' issue by planning smaller multiple installations, they'll still not get the generous tariff of home / domestic installations. Other developers however, are pressing on with plans for 3 and 5 megawatt installations. (source BBC).

The limit before reductions start to take effect is 50 kilowatts. With the average home installation around 4kw, homeowners are safe for now.

photo credit: r walker

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