Exmouth solar farm powers 1,200 homes

PUBLISHED: 15:45 06 November 2017

© Guy Newman. 01.11.2017. John Wilding at Liverton Solar Park

© Guy Newman. 01.11.2017. John Wilding at Liverton Solar Park

© Guy Newman

New figures revealed that Liverton Solar Park has produced enough electricity to power six per cent of homes in Exmouth.

Exmouth’s Liverton Solar Park is producing enough electricity to power more than 1,200 homes, new figures have revealed.

The solar park, near the Liverton Business Park, was built by Clinton Devon Estates and started generating low-carbon electricity from the sun at the end of 2014.

Less than three years later, figures show it is generating around six megawatts of electricity annually.

With the average UK household using 3,900 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, Liverton is generating the equivalent of the 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: “When we drew up our plans for the solar park, back in 2013, we were confident that it would generate about six megawatts a year.

“We have accurate gauges to show how much electricity is being generated at any given time and since it came on stream late in 2014 it has produced almost 18 megawatts in total, which is bang on target.

“The power we generate is fed into the local distribution network so we know that it is being used locally, by homes and businesses in Exmouth, and especially, of course, the many businesses at Clinton Devon Estates’ Liverton Business Park.”

In addition to the power being generated, it is also making a contribution to reducing the town’s carbon footprint.

Mr Wilding added: “As an organisation, we aim to look after the land in our care, as well as investing for our future and the future of the people who live and work on the Estate.

“Today, these solar panels are helping us play our part in producing reliable, clean energy for homes and businesses while at the same time reducing harmful CO2 emissions.”

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