The first major solar farm in the Peterborough area has started generating power, supplying enough energy for 900 local homes to the electricity grid, the Peterborough Business reported.
The 3.4 MW farm at Reach Drove in Whittlesey comprises 14,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Lark Energy led the project to design and build the farm. It identified a suitable site, achieved planning permission and the approval to connect the solar farm to the local electricity network. The project was then acquired by Prosolia UK and Oakapple Renewable Energy with Lark Energy retained to construct the farm.
Lark Energy managing director Jonathan Selwyn commented: “I am delighted that the solar farm in Whittlesey is now generating clean, renewable, electricity. Our 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.