When it was connected to the grid in July 2011, Hawton Solar Farm near Newark was the UK’s largest solar farm to date. Located on 30 acres of former quarry land, the solar power station consists of 21,000 solar panels and has output of 4.9 MW, enough energy for 1,300 homes. The project was completed for Lark Energy on a tight schedule in light of a sudden government decision to cut incentive payments for large-scale solar by 72% by the end of July 2011.
Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director of Lark Energy, said: "I am delighted that 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."
- 21,000 solar panels
- Located on 30 acres of former quarry land
- Produces enough power to provide energy to 1,300 homes