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Ecotricity to build new hybrid renewable energy parks in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 26 October 2015

Green energy company Ecotricity is planning to build three new hybrid renewable energy parks, which include both wind and solar power generation.

As part of the proposed hybrid renewable projects, sun parks will be added to two existing wind parks in Devon and Lincolnshire, besides adding a third to a wind park currently being built in Leicestershire.

The three new sunparks, with a total capacity of around 15MW, will generate clean energy that will be enough to power close to 3,000 typical homes.

The company recently launched a radical funding mechanism called ecobond three, which will support the development of six new green energy projects across Britain that are already under construction, including a nine-turbine wind park in Dalby, a windmill to power Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and a sun park in Somerset.

The ecobond three allows households to share in the financial benefits of the Green Energy revolution.

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 infavour 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."

Ecotricity is also working to build a wind park with close to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire. The project would be one among England's biggest wind parks.