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Lark Energy Plans UK’s Largest Solar Farm in Leicestershire
- Published: Friday, 10 February 2012 09:34
Lark Energy is planning the UK’s largest solar farm at the site of a former World War II airfield in Leicestershire.The proposed 30MWp solar project at Wymeswold Airfield would consist of around 125,000 panels positioned on land between the old runways, amounting to some 150 acres.
The airfield is currently being used for a mixture of agricultural and industrial uses and is also home to a driving experience operator and a kite club. None of the current users will be affected by the solar farm once it is operational.
Lark Energy has held early discussions with Charnwood Borough Council and the local parish councils and intends to engage more fully with the local community in the coming weeks.Should planning permission be granted, it is hoped that construction on the £35 million project would start later this year.
The proposed solar farm builds on Lark Energy’s experience of developing two of the UK’s largest solar farms to date in 2011. The Hawton (4.9MWp) and Marston (4.5MWp) solar farms were developed by Lark Energy and subsequently purchased by Lightsource Renewable Energy in conjunction with Octupus Investments.
Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director of Lark Energy, commented “Lark Energy has played a leading role in demonstrating how large scale renewable energy can be deployed quickly, and with the support of the local community, to help the UK address its carbon reduction and energy security requirements. Our plans for Wymeswold are further evidence that we remain committed to large scale solar projects in the UK and, that despite significant policy challenges, we see a bright future for the technology in this country”.
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