Lark Energy to build 100 MW of solar PV farms in the U.K.


Lark Energy in the U.K. has secured planning permission for 100 MW of solar parks. The company recently completed the development and installation of an additional 60 MW of solar PV projects.

The new projects include two former airfields in Suffolk: Broxted, at the site of the former RAF Stradishall, which will host 35 MW of installations, and Ellough, with 14 MW. The company also obtained three further consents: South Creake in Suffolk (26 MW), Thornham in Norfolk (15 MW) and Burton Pedwardine in Lincolnshire (15 MW).

Lark Energy will look to take the lead role in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on the majority of the sites together with the provision of ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

"These projects mark the latest stage in Lark Energy’s ambition to become a leading EPC and O&M provider," said Lark Energy director Paul Adams. "We are developing very successful partnerships with a number of funders who both buy the ready to build projects from us and also engage in Lark Energy’s services as a high quality and fully bankable EPC for large scale solar in the UK," he added.

Lark Energy managing director Jonathan Selwyn said the company remains "optimistic about future opportunities in the solar sector, although clearly we remain concerned about the impact of the current European trade dispute with China."

Jo Wall, Lark Energy’s development director, added that the company’s strong track record in achieving consent on all sizes of project stemmed from the fact that Lark Energy selects and develops its sites "with the utmost care following extensive engagement with local communities."

Established in March 2010, Lark Energy is part of the Larkfleet Group of companies, a privately owned construction and development group based in Lincolnshire, England. Lark Energy focuses on financing, developing and installing large utility scale solar projects as well as roof-top commercial systems and multi-roof housing projects and stand-alone energy assets.