Lark Energy Group is helping the UK to meet its targets for electricity generation from renewable energy. At the same time we are helping farmers and landowners with farm diversification projects.
Land has always been used to produce both food and fuel. Solar farms, which use photovoltaic (PV) technology to convert sunlight to electricity, produce 10 to 20 times more energy per acre than crops grown for fuel.
The installation of solar power is part of the country’s strategy to generate clean, locally produced energy as a way to combat climate change and improve energy security.
A solar farm is a large number of solar panels mounted on racks fixed facing the sun. In a typical year, a 30 acre solar farm produces enough electricity to power 1,375 homes and saves 2,150 tonnes of CO2. The electricity produced by the solar farm is connected directly to the existing electricity infrastructure.
Solar farms are an effective and efficient way of generating renewable energy. They have low visual impact on the surrounding landscape, create little noise and generate no pollution or emissions.
The PV panels used in solar farms produce DC (direct current) electricity. Inverters turn this into AC (alternating current) electricity. Transformers increase the voltage to allow the electricity produced to be connected to the grid.
Lark Energy Group is committed to choosing sites which will blend in with the natural landscape, are on less productive land and can be easily connected to the local power network. Indigenous hedgerow is planted and enhanced to ensure that the site is screened and blends with the natural landscape, providing habitats for wildlife.
Your site is managed throughout the lifetime of the solar farm so that it can be returned to its original use after 25 years.
While in operation, solar farms can help rejuvenate the land. The ground beneath the panels can be used to graze small breeds of sheep or managed to grow grass and wildflowers, such as snowdrops and clover, which help to encourage populations of bees and ground-nesting birds. Winter bird seed mix can also be planted to help support bird populations.
10 GW of solar electricity - equivalent to 1,000 wind turbines or five good sized gas power stations – could be produced from solar farms that would occupy around a tenth of one per cent of UK farmland.