Green electricity generator Ecotricity has announced plans to build three new ‘dual fuel’ renewable energy parks.
Hybrid ‘dual fuel’ renewable energy parks combine wind and sun generation in the same project, in the same place, using the same grid connection
Ecotricity plans to add sun parks to two existing wind parks in Devon and Lincolnshire, and add a third to a wind park currently being built in Leicestershire. The three new sun parks will add 15 MW of solar capacity, which could generate enough green energy each year to power the equivalent of almost 3,000 typical homes.
Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: “Hybrid renewable energy parks are a great idea – the two power sources are complementary and what you get in combination is a more consistent energy supply.
“It may sound obvious, but when there’s less sun in the winter, there’s typically more wind, and vice versa in the summer months – so putting wind and sun together has a big impact.
“It’s the future of renewable energy in Britain, and we need more of them, but currently the government has rigged the market in favour of fossil fuels. That’s why we’re calling on the Conservatives to level the playing field for energy generation in Britain – to remove the subsidies for fossil fuels just as they have done for wind and solar power.
“Those stealth fossil fuel subsidies add up to £1000 a year for each household; compare that to just £100 a year for renewable energy, which now provides 25% of Britain’s electricity – that’s £100 well spent and a big part of the reason why we’re so confident that with a level playing field renewable energy would thrive.”
The announcement follows Ecotricity’s recent launch of ecobond three, a funding mechanism that gives households the chance to share in the financial benefits of green energy power generation – without having to install solar panels on their roof. The company aims to raise £25 million to help build six new green energy projects across the UK.
Founded in 1995 as the world’s first green energy company, Ecotricity and now supplies over 170,000 customers across Britain from a growing fleet of wind and sun parks.