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Conergy to build 37 MW UK solar farm

Conergy has announced it has secured a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of a 37 MWp solar plant in the UK from RWE Supply & Trading.

It is the first time that RWE has invested in British solar.

The 129-acre site is on a disused airfield classified as brownfield land at Kencot Hill, 19 miles from the City of Oxford.

Once connected, the 144,000-panel ground-mounted plant will produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes, with the majority of the power used by local residents, businesses and public sector organisations.

Hedgerows will be reinforced to hide much of the site from public view, and to boost biodiversity and local wildlife.

The new zero-carbon power station will also save approximately 380,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 24 years – the length of time for which the site has permission – based on the energy mix of today’s National Grid.

Kencot Hill is one of a number of projects in Conergy’s robust UK project pipeline for 2014, of which 68MW were completed in the first three months of this year.

Conergy MD Robert Goss said: “The latest IPCC report highlighted the need for increased investment in low-carbon power, so RWE’s commitment to British solar is very welcome. Large-scale plants in the right places, like Kencot Hill, already provide power to tens of thousands of homes, and will avoid millions of tonnes of carbon emissions.”

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