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Plans for 80-acre solar panel farm in Lincolnshire village

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 28, 2012

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An 80-acre solar panel farm is set for a Lincolnshire village.

It would be home to 45,000 solar panels, generating 12 megawatts of power – enough for 3,000 households.

County firm Lark Energy, which is behind the project, wants the farm to be built at the village of Burton Pedwardine, near Sleaford.

A planning application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council.

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Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of the Market Deeping business, said solar technology was important for the nation's carbon reduction targets.

"Solar power is part of the UK's strategy to generate clean energy as a way to combat climate change and to provide secure long-term energy sources," he said.

"Solar farms are a relatively small, effective and unobtrusive way of creating the electricity we all use. The solar farm is proposed to be built on low grade agricultural land, which is a productive use of land of this type."

The site lies around 2.5km to the west of Heckington and around 2.7km to the south of Sleaford. It is around 1.6km south of the A17 on land at Grange Farm.

The development is the latest in a list of solar farms that have been built recently in Lincolnshire.

The concept became popular following the introduction of the Government's Feed-in Tariff, which gives homes and businesses cash for each unit of electricity they produce.

In July last year, Ecotricity built a 20,000-panel facility in Conisholme, near Louth. And later in the same month Freewatt constructed a 4,300-panel farm in Stow, near Lincoln.

Freewatt recently added an additional 8,300 panels to its array.

Lark Energy says its facility will not have any significant impact on the environment in the area.

In its application, it said: "The site has mainly been in arable use and is not believed to have any significant ecological merit.

"Adverse effects on heritage, archaeological remains, and human remains, as a result of light and air emissions, noise, water and waste disposal are not envisaged."

The company, which is part of the Bourne-based Larkfleet Group, already has large PV plant at Marston, near Grantham.

It is also constructing the nation's largest solar facility – which will have 125,000 panels – near Leicester.

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  • nigelsparky  |  August 28 2012, 10:56PM

    Just seen the Croft wind farm development which has the same out put as this solar panel development, and they claim theirs will power 4'700 homes. Think they either all need to go back to school and sort their maths out, as their numbers just don't add up!

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  • nigelsparky  |  August 28 2012, 9:52PM

    Now that is interesting that these panels are going to produce 12 Megawatts of electricity and apparently, according to this story, is enough to power some "3000 homes" Now according to the company behind the Louth Canal Wind Turbine proposal, which is for 3 x 2.5 megawatt turbines giving a total of 7.5 megawatts, and I quote from the this is Grimsby article on this subject, which appeared on the 3rd of May. "At a public consultation event at the Plough Inn, Tetney, the firm's communications manager, Alice Gill, said: "The three turbines could power 3,680 homes and that is accounting for wind speeds and weather conditions". So who's figures are inaccurate then? I think I know the answer to that one, but would love to hear from the two companies concerned with these developments. Just goes to show how figures can be manipulated doesn't it, and how many people believe them without question eh!

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