24 May Ecotricity wins approval for new renewables sites
British green energy company, Ecotricity has acquired planning permission to add solar panels to two of its existing windfarms and plans to increase the capacity at a third, as it aims to expand its renewable energy projects.
The new ‘sun parks’ in Bulkworthy, Devon and Dalby in Leicestershire will connect with existing wind farms and use their grid connections to grow the number of hybrid parks in Britain.
Ecotricity has also secured permission to extend its first hybrid energy park at Fen Farm in Lincolnshire, by adding an additional 5MW of solar to the 16MW wind park.
“Hybrid energy parks like this are the future of energy in Britain,” said Dale Vince, Ecotricity’s founder. “The combination of the wind and the sun makes for a more consistent energy supply – and the potential for Britain’s energy independence is huge.”
The three projects will see 18,000, 5MW solar panels installed powering over 1,000 homes and saving almost 2,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
The company also plans to increase biodiversity at each site in the local area.
Despite a lack of governmental support for solar and wind generation, the company is staying committed to its plans.
“Wind and solar made up around 13 per cent of the UK’s entire electricity generation last year, while all renewables together contributed 25 per cent, but we need to be doing more,” added Vince.
Vince also noted that the company is approaching 100MW of generation capacity from its wind and solar portfolio and will be adding Green Gas Mills next year, to utilise grass to make clean fuel.