Wind policy appears to have been getting a bit of a stormy message of late so it is great news to hear of this solar project attracting such positive support and funding. The benefit of course is that Solar works every day and is so much less obtrusive on the physical landscape. Another clear benefit at this time when there is so much demand for new and clean energy is that it is so fast - this unit will be up and running by March 2013, just a few months.
Plans to build the UK's largest solar farm have moved a step closer to reality, after the developers secured planning permission from the local council.
The company confirmed it has secured consent from Charnwood Borough Council for the £35m project planned for a former World War II airfield in Leicestershire.
Once complete, the array will consist of 125,000 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the areas between the runways, delivering a capacity of 35MW. The arrangement of the panels will allow the site to continue to be used as a driving track and by a kite club.
Hazel Capital recently paid for the rights to acquire the project and finance construction, and work is now expected to start by the end of this month.
"We are delighted to be involved in this large, first-of-its-kind project in the UK," Ben Guest, managing partner of Hazel Capital. "We believe that larger industrial sites make great locations for solar projects going forward in the UK."