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Green Nation completes two new solar farms!

Build has been completed on two 5 MW solar farms near Pylle, Somerset under Green Nation’s management. The main contractor was Goldbeck Solar Ltd, 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 completes two new solar farms!

Build has been completed on two new 5 MW solar farms near Pylle, Somerset under Green Nation’s management. The main contractor was Goldbeck Solar Ltd, 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 industry, and renewable energy in general, have focused on the Government’s cuts to subsidies for the sector. 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. 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.

A 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 our output 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.

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(Let us bring) Power to the People

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

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