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Green Nation acquires solar installation at the Eden Project

The Eden Project

Specialist renewable energy company Green Nation are please to announce the purchase of Eden Solarfair Ltd, a solar installation owned by the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The installation was commissioned in December 2011 and comprises of solar systems sited on two large workshops at the Eden Project. In 2012, employees of the Eden Project took part in a fundraising, making it the UK’s first employee-owned and invested renewable installation.

The installation contributes approximately 50,000 kWh of renewable and sustainable energy to the operation of Eden Project at no cost, helping to reduce bills, generate carbon-free energy and has now, through the acquisition, provided Eden employees with an attractive financial return.

Eden Solarfair Limited Purchased by Green Nation

CEO and Founder of Green Nation Jonathan Thompson commented:

“As we helped set up the original project during 2011, it feels like coming full circle to now become the owner. We look forward to managing the systems for years to come and to a good working relationship with our landlord, The Eden Project.”

“ We are actively growing our managed portfolio of rooftop and ground mounted systems and would welcome acquiring more opportunities like the Eden Project system or even larger, as well as developing new ventures from scratch.”

For further information contact: hello@greennation.co.uk

Green Nation completes two new solar farms!

Build has been completed on two 5 MW solar farms near Pylle, Somerset by Green Nation. management. The main contractor was Goldbeck Solar Ltd, under Green Nation’s management and they started construction in September 2015. After excellent weather in the first few weeks of the build project, progress was hampered in late October and November by heavy rain and muddy surfaces.

Pylle Green Nation Build

Despite these challenges, the first electricity was produced only a few days late on 9 December. Final work on the site is almost complete, and tree planting is underway to maximise screening of the solar panels.

Of the two sites, one will be operated by a private company on an entirely commercial basis. The other will ultimately be owned by a Community Benefit Society and surplus income after operational and financing costs will be used for the benefit of the community in Somerset.

Ariel Pylle

CEO of Green Nation, Jonathan Thompson, said, “these two projects will produce clean solar energy and be a part of Britain’s electricity supply base for the next 25 years, as well as providing an income for two local landowners and wider benefits to the community. I look forward to ensuring they perform to their maximum potential.”

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Green Nation acquires solar installation at the Eden Project

Green Nation recently negotiated the purchase of a 50,000 kWh roof-top, solar installation from the Eden Project in Cornwall. Green Nation originally helped to set up the original project in 2011 and took ownership of the site recently. We look forward to managing the systems for years to come and to a good working relationship with our landlord, The Eden Project.

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Green Nation completes two new solar farms!

Build has been completed on two 5 MW solar farms near Pylle, Somerset by Green Nation. management. The main contractor was Goldbeck Solar Ltd, under Green Nation’s management and they started construction in September 2015. After excellent weather in the first few weeks of the build project, progress was hampered in late October and November by heavy rain and muddy surfaces.

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(Let us bring) Power to the People

Most recent news stories about the solar, and renewable energy industry in general, have focused on the Government’s cuts to subsidies to the industry. These are expected to lead to a massive reduction in activity and employment within the sector over the coming months.

Like most in the renewables sector, Green Nation see subsidies as a temporary measure to enable the industry to develop and bring costs down to the point where solar can compete with legacy technologies such as fossil fuels and nuclear. These industries have had several decades at least to develop their business models. The logical and fair way to do this would be to apply a regular and staged reduction in subsidies linked to cost reduction, rather than the sudden and massive change to which we are now subjected.

Another striking feature of the current situation is that it is almost impossible at present for a solar energy producer to sell to neighbouring homes and businesses. We have the anomaly of our new solar farms in Pylle, Somerset, poised to sell electricity for 4p-5p/kilowatt hour, while electricity users in the neighbouring towns and villages pay 11p-13p for the same electricity.

Family at Green Nation Solar Farm

Is that fair for communities?

We say: let’s change the regulations to make it fairer and easier for local power generators such as Green Nation to sell to our neighbours and make subsidies irrelevant overnight.

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(Let us bring) Power to the People

Most recent news stories about the solar, and renewable energy industry in general, have focused on the Government’s cuts to subsidies to the industry. These are expected to lead to a massive reduction in activity and employment within the sector over the coming months.

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