Lark Energy to build 32MW solar farm

Part of the Wymeswold site which will incorporate a 32MW solar farm
Large scale solar developer Lark Energy has secured planning permission for what it says is the UK’s largest solar farm at the site of a former World War II airfield in Leicestershire.

The 32MWp solar project at Wymeswold Airfield will consist of around 125,000 panels positioned on land between the old runways, amounting to some 150 acres.

According to Lark Energy, none of the airfield’s current users, including a driving experience operator and a kite club, will be affected by the solar farm once it is operational.

The East Midlands-based company has partnered with Hazel Capital to finance the construction of the £35 million project and work will start on the project by the end of November.

Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, said: “Lark Energy has played a leading role in demonstrating how large scale renewable energy can be deployed quickly, and with the support of the local community, to help the UK address its carbon reduction and energy security requirements.  We are delighted that Charnwood Borough Council has granted us planning permission for the project at Wymeswold Airfield and look forward to working with the Council, the landowners and Hazel Capital in realising the delivery of this exciting project.  We are committed to developing significant solar assets in the UK and continue to see a bright future for the technology in this country.”