Berkshire now plays home to UK’s first floating solar power farm!
The sun shines quite brightly during those moments when the overcast sky finally decides to skip out on long coffee breaks. Keeping this in mind, farm owner, Mark Bennett, joined hands with solar company Ciel et Terre to create a floating solar farm that plays home to 800 photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 200kW. The floating solar farm is located in Berkshire and uses Ciel et Terre’s modular Hydrelio system. Speaking to NCE, Bennett said, “We are speaking to big utility companies, to agricultural companies – anyone with an unused body of water. The potential is remarkable.”
The floating solar panels used for this project are made from 100% materials, further upping the green-factor of the farm. To set this up, a total of $405,400 was spent. Bennett expects an investment return within the next six years. He will also earn $32,000 annually for the next 20 years from consumer-funded subsidies. This will help him save a whopping $38,900 annually on his farm’s power bills!
[Via – Inhabitat]