UK green energy company Ecotricity has announced plans to add solar parks to two existing wind parks in Devon and Lincolnshire, as well as to a wind park currently being built in Leicestershire.
Hybrid renewable energy parks combine wind and sun generation in the same project, in the same loaction, using the same grid connection.
Founder Dale Vince said: “Hybrid renewable energy parks are a great idea – the two power sources are complementary and what you get in combination is a more consistent energy supply; it may sound obvious, but when there’s less sun in the winter, there’s typically more wind, and vice versa in the summer months – so putting wind and sun together has a big impact.”
He said Ecotricity iss calling on the Conservatives to level the playing field for energy generation in Britain by removing the subsidies for fossil fuels just as they have done for wind and solar power.
The announcement follows the firm’s launch of Ecobond Three, a funding mechanism that gives households the chance to share in the financial benefits of green energy.
Ecobond Three aims to help build six new green energy projects across Britain that are already under construction, including a nine-turbine wind park in Dalby, a windmill to power Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and a sun park in Somerset.
The company is also making preparations to build what would be one of England’s biggest wind parks – up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire, which could power up to 40,000 homes.