Larkfleet complete massive new solar energy plant at Whittlesey capabable of generating power for 900 local homes

PUBLISHED: 08:56 08 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:23 08 October 2012

AERIAL VIEW: Solar panels from Larkfleet Energy at Whittlesey will create enough power for 900 local homes

AERIAL VIEW: Solar panels from Larkfleet Energy at Whittlesey will create enough power for 900 local homes

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LARK Energy has completed a 3.4 MW (megawatt) solar farm in Whittlesey-one of the first major solar power generation plants in the region.

The solar farm at Reach Drove comprises 14,000 solar photovoltaic panels and will generate enough energy to power 900 local homes.

Lark Energy found the site, achieved planning permission and the approval to connect the solar farm to the local electricity network. The entire project was then acquired by Prosolia and Oakapple with Lark Energy retained to construct the solar farm, leading the project from start to finish.

Jonathan Selwyn, Larkfleet managing director, said: “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.

“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 Hawton, near Newark 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.

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