Solon has signed a deal with British project developer 35 Degrees to build a 1.3MWp solar power plant on the grounds of a former tin-ore processing facility near Bissoe in Cornwall. The companies said that the system, to be deployed on three hectares of land, could be the first ground-mounted PV installation built in the UK.
The proposed agreement includes the planning, engineering, procurement, and construction for the turnkey delivery of the monocrystalline-silicon module-based system to 35 Degrees. Both parties said they intend to enter into a long-term collaboration in this growth market in the UK.
35 Degrees was founded as a project development company in February 2010 and is planning to install 100MWp of solar energy over the next five years in the UK, concentrating in the southwest of England.
Solon will work with an experienced, locally based installation company to build the system, which, once completed, will generate about 1.25 million kWh of solar electricity annually.
Finalization of the project is dependent on obtaining the necessary planning permits; financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.