TGC Renewables has secured planning permission for what it says is the largest solar project in the UK to date.
The company says that the 8MW project will provide a farm site in the south west of England with income for the next 25 years under the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) and supply enough clean electricity for 2500 homes.
27,924 PV panels will NOW be installed over five interconnected fields on a site comprising 15.4 hectares, near South Brent in South Devon.
“This project is one of a number of large multi-MW schemes we have in development as we respond to the interest and demand from the farming community for renewable energy,” said Rob Denman, director, TGC Renewables.
“With our in-house expertise, we can take the project through the entire development cycle from feasibility through to grid connection. We now have over 10MWs in operation or construction and with plans to increase this to over 100MWs over the next 18 months.
“The main challenge is finding sites that are suitable and that meet the tough criteria that are required to obtain all the required permits.
“TGC Renewables was the first dedicated large scale solar developer in the UK and over the past three years we have been involved in UK solar we have overcome all the challenges and now have in-house expertise across the skill set and know what it takes to develop world class solar projects.”
Mr Richard Buckpitt, the landowner of the site, added: “We had been looking to diversify the farm’s income for a while, so taking the opportunity to develop a large scale solar project made financial sense.’
“We know TGC Renewables as a firm with a number of other local developments and are aware of its reputation and track record in secured planning approval for its projects.”