Lark Energy Reaches 15MWp Solar Panel Milestone
Lark Energy has now installed an impressive 15MWp (megawatts) of photovoltaic (PV) panels across the East of England, East Midlands and South West in a combination of rooftop and solar farm projects.
To reach this milestone, Lark Energy has installed approximately 65,000 photovoltaic panels which in total generate enough electricity to power 4,000 households – more than Deeping St James and Deeping St Nicolas combined.
Lark Energy Managing Director, Jonathan Selwyn, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lark Energy and we are delighted to reach this impressive milestone. The government recently brought long-awaited certainty to the solar industry in its announcement that current Feed in Tariff (FIT) rates will remain until the end of July. New rates will be introduced from August which will then reduce every three months, unless installations run ahead of or below target. Due to reductions in component costs, these new tariff levels will still provide a very reasonable rate of return.”
“The future of the solar industry looks very promising and we are confident that individuals and organisations will continue to choose solar power to reduce their exposure to energy price rises, lower their carbon emissions and generate a useful FIT income.”
Last year, Lark Energy completed two of the UK’s largest solar farms – one in Hawton, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, and one at Marston near Grantham. Each solar farm covers some 30 acres and generates enough electricity to supply around 1,100 homes.
Lark Energy is currently planning two of the UK’s largest solar farms at the site former World War II airfields in Leicestershire and Suffolk respectively.
The proposed 30MWp solar projecst will each consist of around 125,000 panels positioned on 150 acres of land.
The company has also now started constructing the very first solar farm in the Peterborough area, in Whittlesey together with a 5MWp solar farm in Wiltshire.
Lark Energy also specialises in large commercial rooftop PV installations.Last year, the company completed work on a large PV installation on the roof of Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. The stadium, located at Fengate in Peterborough, now has 180 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the viewing stands and restaurant. The installation has an estimated total energy production of more than 35MWh per year, saving the stadium up to £3,500 from its electricity bills whilst also generating significant additional income in the form of Feed in Tariff payments.
Jonathan added: “Solar power is part of the UK’s strategy to generate clean energy as a way to combat climate change and to provide secure long-term energy sources. As a local company, we are delighted to be helping individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint, save money and achieve a return on investment. We are very pleased to have reached this 15MW milestone as our team has worked incredibly hard to keep up with high demand.”