Children Robert Miles
3 October 2012, 06:00
A "solar farm" big enough to generate enough electricity to power up to 900 homes, has been completed near Whittlesey.
Located at Reach Drove in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, comprises 14,000 solar panel, (solar photovoltaic or PV) panels.
Lark Energy, based in Market Deeping, along with Prosolia UK and Oakapple Renewable Energy have now completed the construction of a 3.4 MW (megawatt) solar farm - making it one of the first major solar power generation plants in the region.
Lark Energy managing director Jonathan Selwyn says: "I am delighted that work has been completed on the solar farm in Whittlesey. The project was completed and connected very swiftly to secure the prevailing Feed in Tariff. Lark Energy’s installation team worked tirelessly to complete the project, particularly in the face of very difficult ground conditions following weeks of heavy rain.".
Mr Selwyn added: "This solar farm provides a great example of how companies can work together to develop, finance and construct a major renewable energy project in a very short space of time. We are convinced that the future for solar in the UK remains bright and we look forward to developing further projects of this type."
The company plans to have an official opening of the new solar farm later this year.
Last year, Lark Energy completed two of the UK’s largest solar farms – one in Nottinghamshire, and one at Marston near Grantham. Each solar farm covers some 30 acres and generates enough electricity to supply around 1,100 homes.
Lark Energy is currently planning three of the UK’s largest solar farms at former World War II airfields in Leicestershire and Suffolk respectively. The proposed 30 MW solar projects will each consist of around 125,000 solar panels, providing enough energy for 7,000 homes