The largest solar power plant ever proposed in the UK will be reviewed by the secretary of state within the next six months. Cleve Hill solar farm will occupy the north coast of Kent and, if built, provide up to 350MW (megawatts) of generating capacity. The plan is for Cleve Hill to generate the lowest cost electricity on the UK network without needing subsidies to stay afloat. There have been subsidy-free solar installations before but nothing like Cleve Hill’s 1,000-acre development. The plant will also include battery storage – giving the operators the option of storing when the price of electricity is low and selling when it’s high. So why is this such a landmark moment for the UK’s electricity supply? Well, there are now nearly a million solar systems in the UK, which includes everything from solar panels mounted on roofs to farms occupying entire fields.
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