A dynamic partnership – The UK’s largest solar energy generator expands operational portfolio with one of Europe’s leading renewable energy installers, juwi.
Collaboration in the UK large-scale solar PV industry is key in delivering government targets
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.
About Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited
Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited is the UK’s largest generator of solar energy. Lightsource develops, operates and maintains the largest portfolio of utility scale solar PV plants in the country. Lightsource is UK based with a growing team of over 100 experienced solar engineers, planners, and project managers.
Founded in 2010, the company has made rapid progress over the past two years, establishing itself as the pre-eminent player in the UK Solar PV sector.
Free educational resources on solar power and climate change are available to download from the Lightsource website.
About the juwi group
juwi is one of the world’s leading specialists for renewable energies with a strong regional presence and offers project development as well as products for the energy turnaround. Our goal: 100 percent renewable energies. Our impetus: Work together to implement renewable energies economically and reliably with passion. From site selection to planning, construction and financing up to management – juwi is the competent partner for the energy turnaround with a regional focus.
Up to date, juwi has developed more than 100 wind farms with around 660 wind turbines and an output of around 1,300 megawatts. In the solar sector, more than 1,500 solar power plants with a total output of around 1,300 megawatts were realized. Combined, these plants generate approx. 4.7 billion kilowatt hours of green energy per year; that corresponds to the annual power consumption of approx. 1.4 million households, according to German standards. In the bio energy sector, juwi has realized numerous wood pellet production plants, biogas plants and heating networks with contracting solutions. juwi has initiated an investment of more than five billion Euro in the last 16 years for the realization of all these energy projects.
The juwi group has offices in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Great Britain, India, Singapore, South Africa, Chile, the USA/Canada and Costa Rica. In Germany, juwi has subsidiaries and regional offices in several German states.