Wirsol on track with 9.6MW of UK PV

German solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) heavy-hitter Wirsol says it will beat a key deadline within the UK’s incentive scheme for 9.6MW of PV it is building in Cornwall for Lightsource.

Wirsol, based in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, is on track to commission the 6MW Hewas and 3.6MW Penhale arrays ahead of 1 April, when the number of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) offered to large PV systems drops from 2 to 1.6.

Wirsol is building the arrays for London-based Lightsource, which has rapidly emerged as the UK’s largest generator of solar energy, and will take ownership upon the projects’ commissioning.

Wirsol, which has installed more than 440MW of PV worldwide, will be retained as operations and maintenance supervisor.

“Lightsource Renewable Energy is the major player in funding UK solar projects right now,” says Mark Hogan, Wirsol’s president for international business development. “We see this as both strategic and practical in terms of the needs of both companies.”

The UK installed 965MW of PV last year, according to market researcher NPD Solarbuzz, the second consecutive year in which it was a top 10 global market.

Like many solar EPC players, Wirsol has aggressively shifted its focus beyond the German border. Earlier this month it clinched a deal to sell a 3.12MW rooftop portfolio in Belgium’s Flanders region to the Danish investment fund Obton.