Peterborough City Council Leader Marco Cereste 's Lark Energy solar farm company (Cllr Cereste is the Chairman of Lark Energy) has partnered with, and being financed by Roswell, New Mexico based Oil and Gas exploration company Armstrong Energy on the development and construction of three solar farm projects in the Lincolnshire and Rutland areas totalling 30MWp.
Roswell is the reputed location for the Alien Autopsy sightings. The financial tie up will also open the door for the Cereste led Lark Energy company to enter the gas fracking and oil exploration markets.
The three projects are: 5.7MWp in Bourne, Lincolnshire; 14MWp in Burton Pedwardine, Lincolnshire; 9MWp at Hansen Cement’s Ketton Works in Rutland.
Lark Energy has developed all three projects and is also providing the EPC and O&M services. Roswell based Armstrong Energy has acquired the project rights and is providing the finance.
The solar farm at Limes Farm in Bourne was commissioned before the end of March 2013. It consists of some 19,760 panels and will annually power via the National Grid some 1,450 homes.
The first 9MWp phase of the Burton Pedwardine project is nearing completion and connects to the National Grid later this month (November).
It will be followed by a further 4.4MWp early in the new year. When completed, the solar farm, which utilises low grade agricultural land, will produce enough electricity to power through the National Grid some 3,360 homes.
The third project is on a brownfield site at Hanson’s Ketton Cement Works in Rutland.
Construction started in October and most of the energy produced will be used by the works itself.
"Over the last 30 years, Armstrong Energy Corporation has experienced steady growth through the acquisition of producing properties and exploratory development of drilling projects, while always maintaining a healthy financial condition."