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Britain's biggest solar energy farm begins supplying the National Grid

In Oxfordshire, Britain's largest array of solar panels has begun operation, feeding energy directly in to the National Grid. The solar farm is capable of generating up to 682 MWh a year from it's 3000 panels.

Although dwarfed by the huge arrays in Spain and Italy, which are up to ten times larger, it is a significant development for the UK electricity sector.

The solar farm generates electricity from daylight, not just sunlight, so can operate all day every day, despite the British climate. More power is generated on a bright sunny day, however when averaged out over the year the electricity generation can be accurately calculated.

The solar energy farm provides energy that forms part of the "green energy" quota that gas and electricity suppliers pass on to customers who have subscribed to "green tariffs", with the intention of reducing their personal carbon footprint.

To switch on to a green tariff yourself, and save a chunk of money at the same time, perform an energy tariff comparison with Switchomatic today - it takes less than 5 minutes and we guarantee to provide impartial and unbiased results.

Created: 28th Jun 2011, Last Modified: 7th Dec 2018, Switchomatic

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