Since we were founded in 1995, we’ve built 74 beautiful windmills and one solar park, across Britain. We’re immensely proud of our windmills, and we’ve got big plans for new sun parks as well.
In many ways, they’re the perfect companions to our wind parks – on average, it’s windier at night and during the winter, while sun mills generate more electricity as the days get longer.
Our two new sun parks in Bulkworthy, Devon and Dalby in Leicestershire are reaching an exciting stage in their construction – and we’ll be keeping you regularly updated on the progress of these and our other projects in the weeks ahead.
Look out for photos and videos of key stages in the builds here and via our social channels (links below). As a starter, here’s a summary of what is in store for our sun parks…
Here comes the sun
We’re building our two new sun parks in Bulkworthy (near Galsworthy Farm), Devon and Dalby, Leicestershire, with the latest solar panel technology, next to our existing wind parks at both sites. They should be up and running this year, generating around 20MW in total.
Both parks will use two-sided or bifacial solar panels to harvest the maximum electricity from the smallest space, by making electricity using the underside of the panels from light reflected off the ground, as well as the top face.
Once complete, the Bulkworthy and Dalby solar parks will together generate enough electricity to power over 5,000 homes. And of course, we have more solar parks in the works…
We’ve already had two more sun parks approved. Fen Farm II will add 5MW to our existing Fen Farm sun park in Lincolnshire. Lodge Farm in Somerset is a new 5MW sun park, which could quietly produce enough power for 1,200 homes.
We’ve got 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy generation in the planning. We have another three sun parks in the works – our Heckington Fen sun park in Lincolnshire could be one of Britain’s largest, generating enough electricity to power 100,000 homes. Another, in planning stages, will combine sun mills and energy storage to provide stable, predictable annual generation.
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