Cleve Hill is set to become the UK’s biggest solar farm when it is built in 2020. At a capacity of 350 MW, it will be able to produce more than five times the power as the country’s current leader. And all this could happen without government help.
Though Cleve Hill is not huge by global standards—China’s biggest will be nearly 10 times the size—it is a new kind of solar farm. Its 365 hectares of solar panels (about the same as 400 soccer fields) will receive no government assistance. The companies building it, Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, are confident that falling costs of solar panels will make the project economical.