For the next 25 years, the solar project will provide around 45 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean energy per year, which is enough to power 14,000 average homes.

The plant uses more than 483,000 of First Solar’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules, to displace an estimated 20 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

First Solar Europe vice president Christopher Burghardt said: "Thanks to the scale of its contribution towards helping the UK achieve its energy security goals, Landmead is the latest milestone in the country’s renewable energy roadmap.

"Enabled by advanced PV technology that is both efficient and cost competitive, it establishes a new benchmark for the development of solar energy in Britain."

The Landmead Solar Farm is the latest in a series of joint ventures between Belectric, which designed and constructed the installation, and First Solar, a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems.

Belectric UK CEO Toddington Harper said: "Then, from the environmental perspective, every kilowatt-hour of energy generated from sunlight prevents dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, while the low-grade agricultural land hosting the solar panels will be used to support wildlife, biodiversity and continued sheep farming."