Lightsource confirmed late last week that a total of 53 employees had left the firm as a result of its consultation with employees, fewer than the 80 that were originally expected to depart.

In April the developer confirmed it was to “reconsider” as many as 80 roles after a strategic review of the business was launched in response to the retraction of government subsidies. A six-week consultation period was immediately started, and that concluded early last week.

A total of 53 people have now left the company, however it is not yet certain which departments have been greater affected. Lightsource has however been ramping up its efforts in O&M of late, so it would be surprising to see this team cut significantly.

Lark Energy meanwhile provided more detail on its expansion this week, revealing that it is moving into new offices in Lincolnshire as part of a wider decision taken by the Larkfleet Group to bring the entire business together in one location.

The Lark Energy team will depart from its current base in Market Deeping and move into a new office in Bourne, located next door to the Larkfleet Group’s main HQ. “Larkfleet has been based in the town for many years, so for Lark Energy to move closer to ‘home’ is particularly pleasing,” Karl Hick, chief executive of the Larkfleet Group, said.

The Solar Trade Association’s survey of the UK solar market, conducted alongside PwC, has now concluded and the result of which are expected to be published by the summer. It is widely anticipated that the survey will reveal significant job losses in the solar industry since the turn of the year and introduction of the new feed-in tariff regime, with an increasing number of installers folding.

Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the STA, told Solar Power Portal this morning that the market was in “clear difficulty” and that it had become apparent from the survey that “some companies are struggling to survive”.

Elsewhere Quintas Energy is seeking a new head of asset management for its UK portfolio, which will be based out of the firm’s Canary Wharf office. More details of the post, and how to apply, can be found here.