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The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced the launch of the world’s largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and is designed to generate 4.8 GWhr per year, which the cooperative says is equivalent to a year’s electricity consumption for 1,500 homes and enough to prevent 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The park was built by an initial group of private investors with the intention of selling it to a community-owned cooperative.
The Westmill solar park is located near Watchfield on the border of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, just off the A420. First connected to the grid in July 2011, the project is expected to operate for 24 years, providing enough power for 1,500 homes annually.
Source: Westmill Solar Co-op