01 November 2011, 17:28 BST
A new solar power station in Dorset, the largest of its kind in the county, is capable of generating enough electricity for around 200 average homes.
Nearly 2,000 Dimplex solar photovoltaic panels have been installed on farmland at Slepe Farm, close to Poole harbour and the adjacent marine and heathland nature reserves. The scheme was commissioned by renewable power station operator Farm Power and was designed and built by Reading-based Dimplex installer partner Anesco.
The ground mounted system comprises 1,780 Dimplex polycrystalline solar PV panels, capable of generating over 500,000kWh of electricity per year, arranged over nine rows on a three acre site.
Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco, said: "I've known Dimplex for many years and always find it to be very reliable and dependable organisation. The issue with the solar industry is that there are many players in the marketplace who might not be here in the future and the risks of having long warranties and performance guarantees with an organisation you don't know, makes choosing a partner very difficult. We were impressed with the design team within Dimplex and the quality of the panels selected, so based on the historic relationship, it was an easy decision to make."
Full support was given to the scheme by the local councils and it was connected to the grid just 100 days after planning permission was granted by Purbeck District Council.
Mark Simon, Farm Power managing director said: "This is a large and important project for us and fitted our aim to implement renewable generation capacity close to users so the electricity can be efficiently generated. We're delighted that it has come on line in record time and to budget. We had very tight deadlines and Dimplex pulled out all the stops to ensure the panels were delivered in time."
Dimplex solar PV panels are being installed in all types of projects across the UK including new build and retro-fits in domestic and commercial properties, including the UK's largest rooftop solar PV installation at a company in Hampshire.
Source: Eco Friend News