UK-based green energy company Ecotricity receives planning permission for hybrid energy parks in Britain.
The company plans to construct two new solar parks in Bulkworthy in Devon and Dalby in Leicestershire, which will join with the existing windfarms.
As part of a third project, Ecotricity has also gained permission to extend Fen Farm in Lincolnshire with the addition of 5MW of solar capacity.
The 18,000 solar panels will be capable of supplying power to more than 1,000 UK households, saving approximately 2,000t of CO2 a year per project.
Ecotricity's founder Dale Vince said: "Hybrid energy parks are the future of energy in Britain. The combination of the wind and the sun makes for a more consistent energy supply and the potential for Britain's energy independence is huge.
"Ecotricity is approaching 100MW of generation capacity now and we'll be adding Green Gas Mills to that next year, making green gas from grass. Together, that's a blueprint for Britain."
The company plans to grow a species-rich grassland and plant native hedgerows in the surrounding area in a bid to enhance the biodiversity across each site.
Image: Ecotricity will install 18,000 solar panels across three of its hybrid energy projects. Photo: courtesy of Ecotricity.