An early mover in the UK utility-scale solar project development sector is German-based Vogt Solar, which has set-out plans for a 5MW power plant on farmland near Bourn, Cambridge. The proposed 30-acre site is expected to cost £13 million and is a private investment, taking advantage of the UK feed-in tariff. The tariff system is designed to make solar power plant developments larger than 5MW, less attractive under the payment system.

According to local press reports, a public exhibition for local residents in Bourn has taken place and the Bourn Parish Council is to discuss the project today.

Interestingly, a key driver behind the project and a director of Vogt Solar, established only a year ago is British-born Anton Milner, co-founder of Q-Cells, one of the largest solar cell manufacturers in the world, based in Germany.

Having resigned from Q-Cells top executive position, his first official position since leaving the firm he co-founded is Vogt Solar.