The introduction of attractive feed-in tariffs for renewables is resulting in a fast increase in large solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being built or planned for on farmland or brown field sites.
The tariffs pay individuals who own PV systems for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated, guaranteed for 25 years, at a rate of 29.3p between 100 kilowatts and 5MW capacity. (Applicable if installed before April 2012).
The south west could experience a boom in ‘solar parks’ over the next few years if these developments take place, becoming a significant leader in PV systems with a predicted production of 750MW capacity in solar PV in Cornwall alone. A significant amount if you compare the fact the UK as a whole produced just 32MW in 2009. Clarke Willmott has already seen a significant increase in work from landowners and developers to act on their behalf in recent weeks. The main hindrances are likely to include problems with planning, the local distribution grid and difficulties raising finance.
Clarke Willmott has a dedicated Renewable Energy team who are conversant with the requisite documentation required, both for landowners and developers for solar PV.