The utility-scale combined capacity consists of five plants, which are located in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Devon, Nottingham and Swindon.
Following the successful completion of the first round of the previously announced 50 MW in development, Martifer Solar has sold one of these projects located at Spittleborough Farm and entered into an engineering, procurement and construction agreement with Lightsource Renewable Energy to construct four additional projects, which aggregate the 78.4 MWp cluster. All five PV plants will be added to the Lightsource asset management portfolio in the UK, and Martifer Solar will be retained under an operation and maintenance contract to ensure the optimal performance of the plants.
Martifer Solar has been very active developers in the UK market, and the company is looking forward to a continued healthy pipeline of utility-scale projects in development to be ready to build throughout 2014 and early 2015, according to João Cunha, country manager of Martifer Solar in the United Kingdom.
Kareen Boutonnat, managing director for Lightsource Renewable Energy, stressed the importance of building on relationships with trusted EPCs. Boutonnat cited Martifer Solar's significant experience developing and constructing solar farms in the UK. "This local knowledge is vital in ensuring our solar farms are constructed to a high standard and in a responsible nature, respecting the local communities.”
With project capacities between 9 MW and 24.67 MW, their combined capacity results in the largest portfolio being built to date in the UK. The five PV plants consist of 308,418 modules in total installed in ground-mounted fixed structures, across a total area of about 155 hectares. The total portfolio of plants will generate around 69.05 GWh of clean energy each year. The plants will produce equivalent energy to supply the average consumption of 38,815 inhabitants and will offset the emission of approximately 31,582 tons of CO2 annually.