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Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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UK’s Largest Solar Project On The Verge Of Becoming Reality

November 20th, 2012 by  

 
Lark Energy has been approved by the Charnwood Borough Council for the largest proposed solar farm in the United Kingdom.

According to a Business Green article, the project will feature 125,000 solar photovoltaic panels, providing 35 megawatts (MW) of power capacity. The solar farm is to be located on a former Leicestershire World War 2 airfield.

The arrangement for the solar farm will be built along the runways of the airfield, while the rest of the area will be used by a kite club and as a driving track.

Hazel Capital, who is financing the project, said that work will start on the 35-million-pound project in November.

A Hazel Capital representative commented on the new deal.

“We are delighted to be involved in this large, first-of-its-kind project in the UK,” said Ben Guest, Hazel Capital managing partner in the article.

“We believe that larger industrial sites make great locations for solar projects going forward in the UK,” he said.
 


 
Hazel Capital expects the project done by March, 2013, just ahead of the Renewables Obligation (RO), an incentive program that helps support larger scale solar projects in the United Kingdom.

This project is just one of various recent solar farms built in the United Kingdom. In July, 2012, we reported a 5MW solar farm near Southampton that started operations that month.

One wonders if the momentum to advance solar energy will be limited after the Renewables Obligation program ends in March. However, Britons are slowly moving away from the myth and moving towards a sunnier and cleaner energy with these recent examples. 
 
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About the Author

Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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