Solar energy farm is a first for the city

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The first major solar farm in the Peterborough area has started generating power, supplying enough energy for 900 local homes to the electricity grid.

The 3.4 MW (megawatt) farm at Reach Drove in Whittlesey is made up of 14,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Market Deeping company Lark Energy led the project to design and build the farm.

Managing director Jonathan Selwyn said the firm had used its extensive expertise in large scale solar projects to identify a suitable site, achieve planning permission and the approval to connect the solar farm to the local electricity network. The entire project was then acquired by Prosolia UK and Oakapple Renewable Energy with Lark Energy retained to construct the farm, leading the project from start to finish.

Mr Selwyn added: “I am delighted that the solar farm in Whittlesey is now generating clean, renewable electricity.

“Our installation team worked tirelessly to complete the project, particularly in the face of very difficult ground conditions following weeks of heavy rain.

“This solar farm provides a great example of how companies can work together to develop, finance and construct a major renewable energy project in a very short space of time. We are convinced that the future for solar in the UK remains bright.”