Lightsource adds 5MW Manor Farm solar array to portfolio

The UK’s leading solar developer, Lightsource has added a 5MW solar farm to its portfolio after it was connected to the grid by ET Solar subsidiary ET Solutions.

The solar farm, based in Eggington near Leighton Buzzard, was connected to the grid under the Renewables Obligation scheme which looks set to close a year earlier than originally planned as part of the Conservative Party’s subsidy reset this summer.

Lightsource managing director Kareen Boutonnat said: “Solar remains a viable option for landowners and forms an important part of the UK's energy mix. We have an unrivalled track record in obtaining planning permission and securing connection and we would urge anyone interested in developing a site to get in touch."

Last year ET Solar and Lightsource commenced a 50MW solar collaboration which initially saw the PV manufacturer sell a completed 8.4MW solar farm near Bristol to Lightsource, however ET Solar has been active across the UK market.

ET Solar supplied 6MW of panels required for Marks & Spencer’s landmark rooftop solar array on its Castle Donington distribution centre, and in March acted as EPC provider for a 9.1MW solar farm in Wiltshire developed in partnership with Hilperton PV.