LINCOLNSHIRE SOCIAL HOUSING

The rooftop portfolio uses PV modules from various suppliers for a total peak capacity of 690kW spread over 220 installations.

The bulk of the installations in the portfolio have been operational since March 2012. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The installations have 25-year leases and benefit from the UK Feed-in-Tariff scheme which gives inflation adjusted revenue for power generated for an equivalent period.

As well as the Feed-in-Tariff, revenues are also derived from exporting part of the power generated to the national grid.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services are provided by Lark Energy

COLCHESTER SOCIAL HOUSING

The rooftop portfolio uses Schuco International PV modules for a total peak capacity of 1,810kW spread over 567 installations on the roofs of social housing.

The installations in the portfolio became operational in 2011. Breyer was the EPC contractor. The installations have 25-year leases and benefit from the UK Feed-in-Tariff scheme which gives inflation adjusted revenue for power generated for an equivalent period.

As well as the Feed-in-Tariff, revenues are also derived from exporting part of the power generated to the national grid.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services are provided by Breyer.

Briddlesford Lodge Farm

The solar park uses Chint Astronergy PV modules for a total peak capacity of 0.63MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Ethical Power was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.6 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Ethical Power.

Fen Road

The solar park uses Tata Power Solar PV modules for a total peak capacity of 1.44 MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since July 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.4 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Wellingborough

The solar farm at Wellingborough uses LDK PV modules for a total peak capacity of 8.5 MW connected to the local 33kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period and is now owned by an institutional investor following a sale of the plant in May 2015. Operations and maintenance management services continue to be provided by Lark Energy.

 

 

Pond Farm

The solar park uses Solar Park PV modules for a total peak capacity of 3.6MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since July 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.4 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Ellough

Constructed on land at the disused Ellough Airfield, East Suffolk, the solar park uses Q-Cells PV modules for a total peak capacity of 14.9MW connected to the local 33kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period and is now owned by an institutional investor following a sale of the plant in July 2014. Operations and maintenance management services continue to be provided by Lark Energy.

Hartwell

Commissioned in March 2015, the solar plant exports power to the local 33kV distribution network and is constructed using Q-Cells PV modules for a peak capacity of 18.6 MW.

Lark Energy is the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission is in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (expected at 1.4 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services are provided by Lark Energy.

Langley Hall

The solar park uses Solar Park PV modules for a total peak capacity of 2.4MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.6 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Grange Farm, Wroxton

The solar park uses Solar Park PV modules for a total peak capacity of 1.8MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.6 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Limes Farm

The solar park uses Canadian Solar PV modules for a total peak capacity of 6MW connected to the local 11kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2013. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 2 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Ketton Cement Works

The solar park uses LDK PV modules for a total peak capacity of 12 MW connected to the local 11kV distribution networks.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.6 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales. The plant has an innovative PPA structure that includes supplying power to the host.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Burton Pedwardine

The solar park uses LDK PV modules for a total peak capacity of 13 MW connected to the local 33kV distribution network.

The plant has been operational since March 2014. Lark Energy was the EPC contractor. The project has a 25-year site lease and planning permission in place for an equivalent period.

Revenues are derived from a mixture of ROCs (at 1.6 ROCs per MWh), LECs and power sales, with a PPA currently in place with a major utility.

Asset management is provided by Armstrong Energy and operations and maintenance management services is provided by Lark Energy.

Ketton solar farm named best solar farm of 2014

The 9 MWp solar at Hanson’s Ketton cement works in Rutland was named best ground mounted solar farm of the year in the less than 10 MWp category at last night’s Solar Power Portal awards. The project was jointly developed by Armstrong Energy and Lark Energy.

 

Announcing the award, Solar Power Portal noted that this year’s judges were impressed by the project’s pioneering approach to managing the grid connection. The power from the solar farm connects into Hanson’s private 11kv network which is itself connected to Western Power Distribution’s 33kv network. Lark Energy, the installer of the solar farm, has designed the solar farm to enable active and reactive power management and to protect the grid from reverse current. This has a number of advantages, including minimising the need for costly 33kv upgrade work, reducing the energy costs for Hanson and enabling the inverters to be used as capacitor batteries at night. The project will generate enough energy to cover around 10% of the Cement work’s annual consumption.

“It has been very rewarding for the Hanson Renewable Energy Team to see the first of their projects come to fruition with the switch on of the Hanson Cement Solar Farm at Ketton” said Mark Cox of Hanson Cement. “This is the first of what is hoped are many such projects the company will be involved in over the coming years as we strive to reduce our CO2 emissions and energy costs.”

Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director of Lark Energy commented “We are delighted to have worked with Hanson Cement and Armstrong Energy to develop this innovative solar project. Large scale solar is perfectly suited to projects such as this on previously used industrial land and where all the energy can be utilised directly by nearby businesses. We look forward to working on some further projects like this in the coming months.”

Steve Mahon, Director of Armstrong Energy added: “Armstrong Energy prides itself on being creative in structuring a deal to ensure all sides benefit. This project with Hanson and Lark Energy is an exemplar of this approach and includes an innovative power sales agreement that builds a sustainable market advantage for the host. We believe this approach can be used with large energy users both in the UK and overseas and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with both Hanson and Lark Energy.”

13 MWp solar farm in Lincolnshire under construction

UK Solar (Fiskerton) LLP today agreed terms with Lark Energy Limited (“Lark”) for the construction of a 13 MWp solar farm at Fiskerton airfield in Lincolnshire. The solar farm is expected to be operational before 31 March 2015. The site will be built by Lark, and will use solar panels manufactured in Germany by Q-Cells.

UK Solar (Fiskerton) LLP was advised on the transaction by Armstrong Energy.

Andrew Newman, a Director of Armstrong Energy, commented “We are building this project in phases, and by the time it is completed it will be one of the largest solar farms in the UK. It is an excellent site for a solar farm, making good use of the infrastructure that already exists on the airfield.”

Louise Meddings

Louise joined Armstrong Energy as PA and Office Manager and is now also responsible for  marketing.  Prior to this Louise worked at Muse Developments Ltd., an urban regeneration and mixed use development company, as Office Manager and PA to the Joint Managing Director as well as the Legal & Commercial Director.

Louise has a BA degree in Classical Civilisation from Nottingham University. Louise is keen to learn more about the renewable energies sector and has a particular interest in how it can benefit the wider community.

Adam Swarbrick

Adam graduated with a degree in History from University College London in 2013 and shortly after joined the Armstrong team as an intern before taking on a full time roll in the finance department. He has since qualified as a Chartered Accountant, completing his training whilst fulfilling his duties at Armstrong across the investment and asset management teams.

Adam has now moved fully over to the investment team. He has a keen interest in renewables and is looking to broaden his understanding of sustainable investments.

Ian Marshall

He began his career with Philips the Dutch electronics group at a manufacturing facility in the UK, involved in the electrical appliances and lamp production divisions.

He moved from there to join the industrial plants division of Kloeckner & Co GmbH, at their headquarters in Germany, where he spent three years before being appointed controller of a newly formed group subsidiary in London which dealt in turnkey packages financing and constructing major infrastructure projects in the former communist bloc, Southeast Asia and South America.

Following this he spent several years as controller of BIL Trading, a group involved in trading and shipping chemicals and consumer goods between various former Soviet states and Asia.

In 2001, as one of the founder members and director of RWE Solutions UK Limited, a subsidiary of RWE AG, the German utility, he helped to set up an energy services company, encompassing consulting, outsourcing and smart metering. The company rapidly built up a portfolio of clients, including Diageo, Sainsbury’s and Corus Steel.

In 2010 he moved to Open Energi Limited, a start-up company involved in the development of new technology providing National Grid with a balancing service to deal with energy supply and demand fluctuations.

Alan Yazdabadi

Alan Yazdabadi was a co-founder of Armstrong Energy. He had previously worked for Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (“LCIUK”) as group financial controller.

Alan began his career at KPMG where he spent five years, initially focusing on smaller more entrepreneurial organisations where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Alan then worked in KPMG’s Global Infrastructure and Projects Group which focused on the structuring, financing and procurement of large infrastructure projects. Between leaving KPMG and founding a LED lighting business, Alan spent two years as a corporate finance analyst focused on venture capital and hedge fund related investments.

Alan joined LCIUK in 2010 where he played a key role in advising Downing on more than £45m in feed-in-tariff projects in solar and wind assets.

Alan has a first class degree in Economics and Politics and is a Chartered Accountant.

Robin Chamberlayne

Robin Chamberlayne is a chartered financial planner and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He formed Progressive Strategic Solutions in 1997, which was one of the first chartered firms in the UK. Progressive provides holistic financial advice and tax planning strategies to high net worth individuals and businesses. Robin has been actively involved in renewable energy for a number of years; his family’s farm operates both commercial biomass and solar installations. Since 2009 Robin has held board positions with Downing and ProVen Venture Capital Trusts covering both the generalist and renewable energy sectors.

Andrew newman

Andrew Newman was a co-founder of Armstrong Energy. He had previously worked for Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (LCIUK) as group finance director. Whilst at LCIUK he managed the design and launch of the UK’s first dedicated feed-in-tariff fund, the Downing Low Carbon EIS, with Downing LLP.

Andrew joined Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited from Deloitte Corporate Finance in 2006, where he had worked in the Project Finance Advisory team, focusing on energy and transport infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 2003, Andrew worked for Triodos Bank in the Netherlands. While at Triodos, Andrew worked as Senior Investment Officer for Asia for the Solar Development Group, one of the funds co-managed by Triodos. The Solar Development Group was an initiative of the World Bank and was set up to accelerate rural electrification in developing countries.

Prior to joining Triodos Bank, Andrew worked for Deloitte & Touche, initially in its London audit department, where he qualified as an ACA, and subsequently in its Central European Corporate Finance team, based in Prague. While in Prague, Andrew focused on advisory and due diligence projects, and worked on several of the largest inward investment projects in the region.

Andrew has a first class degree from Oxford University.

Dr Steve Mahon

Dr Steve Mahon is CEO of Armstrong and also a co-founder. He has had a successful career in commercialising low carbon technologies with over 15 years in the sector and a track record in selecting and managing high growth low carbon companies, both in the private and public markets. He combines a detailed understanding across a wide range of clean technologies with the first hand experience of growing early stage businesses and delivering shareholder returns having been involved in the investment or management of over 25 businesses.

Prior to establishing Armstrong, Steve co-founded Low Carbon Investors Limited (LCI), a Guernsey based fund management company which advised Low Carbon Accelerator Limited, the AIM listed early-stage technology fund. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (LCIUK) established with Downing LLP (Downing), the UK’s first dedicated feed-in-tariff fund, the Downing Low Carbon EIS and went on to advise Downing on the investment of more than £45m in feed-in-tariff projects in solar and wind assets.

Before establishing LCI, Steve had been a main Board member of Pursuit Dynamics plc, during which time it was the top performing small cap engineering stock on AIM; and of Sentec Ltd, the smart grid technology specialist, that became one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Steve started his career in Qinetiq and managed a business unit commercialising advanced materials. He has a first class degree and PhD in Geophysics and Planetary Physics.