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

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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.

UK Solar farm via MarcelClemens / Shutterstock

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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