June 10, 2021: The first solar panel in what will be the UK’s first utility-scale wind, solar and battery facility was installed on June 9 by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, never one to shirk at a media opportunity.
The Carland Cross site in Cornwall is owned by ScottishPower, and happens to be in the same county as the G7 summit, where world leaders including Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel are discussing the pandemic and climate situation.
In total, 10,000 solar panels will be installed to create a 10MW solar farm, alongside the 20MW wind farm already operating, and a 1MW battery system for storage.
The park will create enough electricity to power the equivalent of 15,000 homes, ScottishPower says.
“Sites like this one, which combine wind, solar and storage, are going to be vital in building the capacity and reliability we need for our energy network to go completely carbon free,” said Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower.
ScottishPower has also submitted a planning application for an extension at the existing Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, to add a 40MW solar farm. The site already has a 50MW battery.