Chinese plan two solar farms in Cornwall

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Cornwall is to be home to the UK's first Chinese-owned solar farms, the BBC has learned.

Nanjing-based company China Sunergy has bought two areas with solar farm planning permission - in Higher Tregarn at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth; and at Tregavethan, near Truro.

China Sunergy plans to build the five megawatt farms and have them working by April 2013 to secure subsidies.

Five megawatts can provide enough power to supply about 1,000 homes.

Cornwall already has about 12 solar farms.

Permission has been granted for more than 20 more.

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