To tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more and more power is being generated from renewable sources. At the beginning of 2020, a record-breaking 47% of the UK’s electricity came from renewables, including wind, solar, hydro, wave and biomass. However, of these it is solar photovoltaic (PV) that is set to dominate future global electricity supply (Box 1).
In the UK approximately half of solar PV has been installed as ground-mounted solar parks, ranging in size from 1 to 100 acres. Solar parks can produce large amounts of power, with the UK’s largest solar park (Cleve Hill on the north Kent coast) under development and set to power 91,000 homes. However, solar parks also take up land, with potential impacts on the environment.
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