Solar developer, Lightsource Renewable Energy has forged a partnership with local developer Push Energy to commission a 10MW solar farm.

The 19 hectare solar plant is located near Little Bardfield Village, in Essex and will power 2,900 homes.

The solar farm development will also include the planting of more than 1,000 metres of new hedge rows to screen the plant. The hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple and hazel will provide new habitats for wildlife.  

Kareen Boutonnat, managing director for Lightsource said: “The added benefit of working with local developers is having access to local knowledge and expertise. By putting a little bit more thought around each project, not only do we create a home grown source of green electricity, but create projects that will sustain farming businesses and improve the environment for years to come, truly making a difference within local communities.”

Engineering, procurement and construction will be undertaken by Biosar Aktor, which will also provide operation and maintanence (O&M) for two years. Lightsource’s in house O&M will then take over for the long term.