Cornwall Council grants planning permission to energy supplier Cornwall Power to build a £12M solar power project.
Plans for the 5MW Lanhydrock solar farm were backed by Kent investors Foresight Group. Energy produced from the farm will be used by South West Water at its water treatment works in Restormel.
“Normally such a system would sell electricity to the national grid but we have selected the site carefully in order to provide power to the water treatment works that is nearby,” said Cornwall Power chair David Fyffe.
He said this is a more sustainable model because the power is used where it is generated.
“The holy grail for such projects has always been to have micro-generation systems producing and using that electricity on site,” he added.