The first solar farm in the South west of England has gone online, the 7.2 acre site at the former Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall. The site is a joint venture between the UK based solar system developer, Lightsource Renewable Energy and Solorcentury, has a system of 5,680 solar panels that will be producing 1,437 MWh of power each year, which is enough electricity for around four hundred homes.
According to Derry Newman, who is the CEO of Solarcentury he says;
“To see a tin mine diversify into producing 21st Century clean solar energy, provides an optimistic glimpse of where we’re now heading for our energy production. Wheal Jane’s solar farm demonstrates that solar technology can contribute to our clean energy future, and quickly. Solarcentury designed and constructed this site, powering over 400 homes, in less than two months. Solar is not to be underestimated; it is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, simply because it is clean, reliable and a readily available alternative to fossil fuels.”