Nottingham

Solar farm built at Hawton in six weeks

One of Britain's largest solar farms has been built in Nottinghamshire in just six weeks.

The 30 acre site at Hawton, near Newark, houses 21,600 solar panels and can power up to 1,500 homes.

The scheme was built ahead of a government deadline in August, after which any new projects will earn two thirds less income for electricity.

The farm, developed by Lark Energy, was given planning permission by Newark and Sherwood District Council in May.

'Awesome'

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."

It has been built by German solar company Conergy and funded by Lightsource Renewable Energy and Octopus Investments.

Roger Pykett, whose family has farmed the fields the solar farm has been been built on for three generations, said: "It's awesome really to change a field from grazing horses and a bit of arable into a power station in six weeks."

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