A 50KW floating solar farm has been opened in Norfolk.
East Green Energy’s plant is expected to generate more than 43,500kWh of power a year.
It can withstand winds of up to 118mph and has the same advantages as a ground or roof mounted solar array although it requires fewer panels for the same output, the company claims.
It adds the panels are naturally cooled by the surrounding water which results in improved power production performance.
The shading from the panels is also said to cut surface evaporation, saving thousands of litres of water each year as well as reducing algae growth.
The project is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 18,700kg a year.