Largest Solar PV Plants In U.K. Go Online

What are said to be the three largest photovolatic solar power plants in the United Kingdom have been built and are providing renewable energy to the power grid. Isolux Corsán, an industrial services company, announced it rolled out the plants in just 10 weeks.

The three solar power plants are in Cornwall, in the towns of Langform, Churchtown and Manor. The plants include 22,000 crystalline modules that are set on fixed arrays, each with 5 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, for a total capacity of 15 MW. Development and investment for the project was arranged by Banco Santander.

Isolux Corsan U.K. solar power

image via Isolux Corsán

This project is Isolux Corsán’s first photovoltaic venture in the U.K.  The link-up with the Western Power Distribution electricity grid was established before the latest change in regulations this summer, which reduced photovoltaic feed-in tariffs in the U.K.

Isolux Corsán, which a  total installed capacity of 290 MW that has come online in the last three years, seems to have a habit of working fast. We reported back in January 2010 that the company was intending to build a 72-MW solar PV plant – Europe’s largest – in Rovigo, Italy. And it did. In the United States, the company has also been awarded contracts to build seven high-voltage power lines to connect new wind-power plants in Texas to the grid.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.