Scottow Moor developed the 50MW project on the former RAF Coltishall airbase, 10 miles north-east of Norwich.

Norfolk County Council owns the former RAF base, which is now known as the Scottow Enterprise Park.

The first phase of the project features over 130,000 ground-mounted solar panels installed on either side of the runway. It also includes new underground connections to the local UKPN electricity network.

Enerparc was responsible for the main construction works and ESM Power handled the electrical connections.

Scottow Moor plans to submit the proposals for the 18MW second phase of the project in the autumn of 2015 under the UK government’s Contract for Difference subsidy regime.

Upon completion, the entire solar facility will generate more than £10m in income for the county council over 25 years.

Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs said: "This is just the sort of sound investment that we are looking for and always encourage. We are guaranteed income over the next 25 years, but not only this, the scheme is creating cleaner energy and saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum."

Image: Scottow Moor solar farm. Photo: courtesy of Mike Page.