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First Solar & Belectric begin 46MW solar project

First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire, PV-Tech has reported.

The project will bring large-scale PV capacity deployed by the pair in the UK up to 80MW when completed.

The facility will consist of more than 483,000 of First Solar’s thin-film modules, with Belectric handling the construction and balance of systems requirements for the project.

The Oxfordshire solar farm is the fourth collaboration between the companies following the formation of a joint venture in 2013.

The companies’ four UK solar projects to date now total 80MW of capacity. The first three of those projects were all connected in June.

The solar farm is expected to generate around 45MWh of electricity every year which the developers claim is enough to power around a quarter of Oxford’s homes.

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