Martifer Solar building 78.4MWp of PV power plant in UK for Lightsource



Integrated PV EPC firm, Martifer Solar said it was building a 78.4MWp portfolio of PV power plants in the UK for Lightsource Renewable Energy, a major player in the PV energy generation market.

Martifer Solar has sold one of their developed projects to Lightsource and entered into an EPC agreement for the remaining four projects in the portfolio. Lightsource is developing the projects in Cambridgeshire, Devon, Nottingham and Swindon.

Martifer Solar noted that the projects had capacities between 9MW and 24.67MW, while combined would become the largest portfolio being built to date in the UK.

The five PV plants are expected to 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 the PV power plants are, expected to generate around 69.05GWh of 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. 

Martifer Solar will be retained under an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract to ensure the optimal performance of the plants, according to the company.

“We are proud to continually enforce our commitment to the development of solar energy in the UK, and with a strong partner in Lightsource Renewable Energy, Martifer Solar has emerged as a leading global player in this market,” said João Cunha, Country Manager of Martifer Solar in the United Kingdom. “We have been very active developers in the UK market and are looking forward to a continued healthy pipeline of utility-scale projects in development to be ready to build throughout 2014 and early 2015.”

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar said, ”Revenues wise, 2013 was one of our best years and 2014 is forecasted to be even stronger for Martifer Solar, with further milestones anticipated across the world due to our proven capabilities as a fully-integrated player in key markets, such as in the UK.”

The company noted that the total ground-mount PV pipeline in the UK exceeded 5GW, with the UK set to become the largest solar market in Europe in the first quarter of 2014 as projects are completed ahead of changes to the ROC system at the end of March.

Kareen Boutonnat, Managing Director for Lightsource Renewable Energy stated, “With the largest development pipeline in the UK, we have to ensure we build on relationships with our trusted EPCs like Martifer Solar who already have 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.”

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