Westmill Solar Co-operative acquires 5MW project in UK
A UK-based community group Westmill Solar Co-operative has completed acquisition of the 5MW Westmill Solar Park located outside Shrivenham on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.
Employing over 20,000 solar panels that are spread across an area of 30a, the farm generated 4,900MWh of energy for the year ended 31 December 2011.
Commenting on the transaction Westmill Solar Co-operative founder director Adam Twine termed the deal - a team effort against a backdrop of shifting government policies and tight timescales.
"Westmill represents the best of what low carbon investment and renewable energy can offer and hopefully will inspire others to realise that when we get together we can make change happen and can engage positively with the threat of climate change," said Twine.
The project is now the world's largest community owned solar farm and can help discplace over 2,000t of CO2 emissions per annum, claimed Westmill.
Westmill Solar Co-operative chairman Philip Wolfe further added, "As the success of Westmill shows, solar energy enables ordinary people to produce clean power, not only on their roof tops, but also at utility scale."