Work is underway at what is expected to be one of the only large-scale solar parks in the UK. Designed, developed and maintained by Bosch Solar Energy, the 5MW project under construction in Trefullock, near Newquay, is expected to be connected to the grid this July.

Comprised of approximately 21,000 MCS accredited Bosch c-Si M 60 monocrystalline solar modules, the project covers a total area of 18 hectares. The power that will be generated by the plant is sufficient to cover the yearly energy requirements of 1,450 four-person households. This is equivalent to a saving of more than 2,900 tons of CO2 each year.

“We are delighted that we have had this opportunity to demonstrate what we can do, particularly in the UK solar market which is still relatively young,” says Peter Schneidewind, sales director at Bosch Solar Energy. “Photovoltaics are becoming increasingly important here. We'll be seeing more and more solar systems in the future, particularly on the roofs of UK houses.”

This news comes as the UK Department of Energy and Climate change announces deep cuts to the feed-in tariff rates for systems over 50kW. All projects over this size must be completed by August 1 if they are to receive the existing rate.

The park is being developed in partnership with hep capital.