Exmouth solar park with enough ‘green’ energy to power 1,522 years of television
PUBLISHED: 12:40 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 06 September 2018
© Guy Newman
A solar park in Exmouth has reached a major milestone in its generation of sustainable green energy – which was enough to boil 133 milion kettles over the last three years.
In little over three years Liverton Solar Park has generated 20 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity – enough to power 28 million showers, or 1,522 years of television. It is also engaging in improving the area’s biodiversity.
The landmark was achieved on August 31, following a record-breaking year for renewable energy in Britain as a whole, according to the National Grid.
Since its establishment in March 2015 the park has provided low-carbon electricity to more than 1,200 homes a year in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton as well as Liverton Business Park. Landowner Clinton Devon Estates built the park, located on the outskirts of the business complex, to contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the area.
The electricity is fed into the local distribution network and with the average UK household using 3,900kWh of electricity a year, Liverton is generating the equivalent amount of electricity consumed by around six per cent of the 20,600 households in and around Exmouth.
John Wilding, head of forestry and environmental economy for Clinton Devon Estates, said: “This huge milestone is a significant marker in our ongoing effort to help reduce Exmouth’s carbon footprint and contribute to the nation’s renewable energy generation, which has increased so much during the summer months, that power stations using fossil fuels are being switched off.”
The electricity generated at the park has contributed to a record-breaking year for the renewable energy sector, with Britain generating more electricity from renewable and nuclear energy in 2017 than from gas and coal, with 2018 on course to be the ‘greenest’ ever.
The 25-acre park is also becoming a nature reserve. The grass is evolving naturally into a wildflower meadow, increasing the area’s biodiversity with the number of species increasing year-on-year. The hope is that school visits will be possible to engage the local younger generation with the role solar parks play locally, and globally as they contribute to combating global warming.