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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 28 March 2016

London's giant floating solar farm

Level: intermediate B1

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Europe's biggest solar farm has started generating electricity. Watch this short (three-minute) BBC video about it and then answer the following questions:

1) How long did it take to build the solar farm?
2) The energy produced is roughly the equivalent of how many homes?
3) According to Angus Berry, Thames Water are committed to increase their use of renewables to how much of their demand by 2020?
4) How many roofs in the UK have solar panels?
5) How much of the UK's electricity needs comes from solar?

Answers below!

1) Three months
2) 1,800
3) 33%
4) 900,000
5) 2%


  1. The sun is an extraordinary source of power that is available all over the world. In the last few years, solar power is becoming increasingly affordable and an increasing number of American homeowners are beginning to use solar power for their homes.

  2. I also think that solar power is the only way forward in freeing us from dependance on fossil fuels. And I I truly believe that solar is better for the economy and every living being on this planet.

  3. Thanks for sharing these resources with us and I hope you have a great day. I’m all for it.