Lightsource's 133MW in 'robust' UK

London-based PV generator Lightsource Renewable Energy says it commissioned 133MW of capacity in the “robust” UK market during the first quarter – more than one-third of the total brought on line across the country.

The 34 Lightsource-owned projects that were energised in the first three months of 2012 represented £180m ($275m), and lifted the company’s operational total capacity to 250MW.

Lightsource builds and operates the projects for its financing partner, London-based fund manager Octopus Investments. In many cases it hires outside contractors, such as SolarCentury, to perform downstream system integration work.

Among the recent projects it brought on line is a 5MW project atop carmaker Bentley’s factory in Crewe – currently the largest rooftop PV system in the UK.

“It is my belief that the UK has one of the most robust solar markets in the world,” says Lightsource chief executive Nick Boyle, adding that the country is “well on track” to hitting government’s target of 22GW of PV by 2020.