Prime Minister Boris Johnson helped install the first solar panels in the UK’s first clean energy power plant park, Carland Cross in Cornwall.
Johnson joined ScottishPower CEO Keith Anderson and engineers to install the first of 10,000 solar panels on site, creating a 10 MW solar farm.
The solar park completes an energy park that already includes an existing 20 MW wind park and a 1 MW battery storage system.
The location is not far from Carbis Bay, Cornwall, where leaders will meet for the G7 summit later this week.
Johnson said, “I am committed to supporting Cornwall’s ambitions to be the UK’s first Net Zero region. The hybrid energy farm in Carland Cross offers a bright and exciting vision for a carbon-free future that will protect our planet and create jobs for years to come. “
Anderson added, “The UK needs to quadruple its renewable generation over the next 30 years if we are to have any chance of reaching net zero.
“We are very proud to open our first hybrid energy park as the UK welcomes both the G7 and COP26 on its shores.”
The Carland Cross solar farm is expected to achieve its first export later this year, with planning for two more solar farms at ScottishPower’s Coldham and Coal Clough wind farms underway.
ScottishPower Renewables has also filed a building application for a new extension to Whitelee Wind Farm – the UK’s largest onshore wind farm and home to a 50 MW super battery that includes a 40 MW solar farm and 50 MW battery energy storage, as well as a green hydrogen production facility .