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New solar cluster 'among largest ever'

Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has developed a cluster of utility scale photovoltaic plants totaling 28.1 MWp in the UK.

This is one of the largest clusters of utility scale solar PV plants ever built and the construction of the cluster was completed in 15 weeks.

The solar PV plants were constructed in Cornwall, Hampshire, Devon and Wiltshire, regions which boast the highest solar radiation levels in the country.

Martifer Solar has entered into an agreement with Lightsource Renewable Energy, who has purchased all five projects, already commissioned.

The entire cluster of 28.1 MWp will be added to the Lightsource asset management portfolio in the UK, while Martifer Solar will be retained under an operations and maintenance contract to ensure all five plants perform at optimal generation levels.

“With these projects, Martifer Solar assumes, in a very expressive way, a commitment to the solar and renewables industry in the UK,” said Martifer Solar country manager João Cunha.

“Following a first stage in which we completed the projects’ development/licensing, we are very proud with the conclusion of another challenging period, for the construction and commissioning of the plants.”

Lightsource Renewable Energy CEO Nick Boyle said: “We are delighted to be working with Martifer Solar on this pioneering project. The entire cluster was completed on time, fitting in line nicely with the ROC (Renewable Obligation Certificate) changes from April onwards.”

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