Lark Energy hosts Malaysian government delegation in UK


British solar developer Lark Energy last week hosted a government delegation from Malaysia that was in the country to examine how different energy technologies are being developed and deployed in the United Kingdom.

The delegation included Malaysian Energy Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili and senior representatives from the Energy & National Water Services Commissions, Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Malaysia Green Technology Corporation, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Energy Ventures Division.

As part of its fact-finding mission, the delegation visited the 9 MW solar farm at the Ketton Cement works in the county of Rutland on June 5. Lark Energy developed the installation in partnership with Armstrong Energy and Hanson Cement, which operates the cement plant.

Built on 20 hectares of former quarry, the 38,544 modules will generate enough energy to cover around 10% of the cement works’ annual consumption. "This will not only reduce the company’s carbon emissions but will also contribute to improving the per capita carbon emissions of Rutland, the smallest county in the U.K.," Lark Energy says.

"We are delighted to have hosted such a distinguished delegation from Malaysia to the solar farm,” said Lark Energy Managing Director Jonathan Selwyn. "The project is a great example of how large-scale solar can be deployed on previously used industrial land and where all the energy can be utilized directly by nearby businesses. We hope that the visit has proved useful to the delegation and that it can assist the emerging solar sector in their country."

One of the U.K.’s leading solar companies, Lark Energy has overseen the development and installation of more than 100 MW of PV since 2011. The Lincolnshire-based company recently secured planning consent for a further 100 MW of large-scale solar projects that will be built out this year.