Solar project developer Anesco has brought online a 6.9MW solar farm in Pen Y Cae in South Wales, and claimed it to be Europe’s “largest optimised solar farm” in operation.

The project was commissioned earlier this month and has now been connected to the National Grid after the firm partnered with global solar technology provider Trina Solar.

Trina has supplied its Trinasmart technology for the build, which the parties have claimed has resulted in an optimised array capable of boosting performance by 20%.

Monitoring and control of the array is conducted at module level rather than inverter level, with monitoring systems built into the module junction box. Performance is controlled in real time using a web-based platform.

“This installation – on this scale – is an important milestone and underlines our commitment to pushing the boundaries of solar energy production,” Adrian Pike, chief executive at Anesco, said.

The project’s connection to the grid comes less than a week before the 1.4ROC deadline on 31 March and follows Anesco starting construction on a 5MW solar project on a former colliery site in Doncaster.