Collaboration in the UK Large-scale Solar PV Industry is Key in Delivering Government Targets
- Published: Monday, 16 September 2013 16:38
juwi, one of Europe’s leading renewable energy installers, has entered into a project agreement with the UK’s largest solar energy generator, Lightsource Renewable Energy, who has purchased two large-scale solar farms.
The installed capacity totaling 12.48 MWp has been added to the Lightsource asset management portfolio in the UK whilst juwi will be retained under an operations and maintenance contract to ensure both plants perform at optimal generation levels.
Jan Sisson, Managing Director of juwi Renewable Energies, said “The projects have been tough to construct during the difficult winter conditions earlier this year, but we are delighted to be working with Lightsource to add these solar farms to the increasing installed base of renewables on the UK’s grid.”
Nick Boyle, CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, said, “When comparing the UK with countries in Europe like Spain and Germany, solar PV here is still in its infancy. Collaborating with experts like juwi enable us to gain valuable experience and expertise, pushing the UK solar PV industry to maturity.”
“Recent speculation that Britain will experience an ‘energy drought’ in 5 years’ time needs to be seriously addressed. Solar PV is a technology that can and will make a difference; we just need to pull together as an industry to show people that it can.” Boyle concludes.
Solar farms are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they provide attractive land diversification options for farmers. The solar farm area can also be used to graze small livestock like chickens and sheep and wildflower planting can enhance biodiversity, benefitting local wildlife like birds and bees.