BREAKING NEWS: RAF Faldingworth to become UK’s biggest solar farm

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The largest solar farm in the UK will be created near Market Rasen after getting the go ahead from planners.

West Lindsey District Council has granted planning permission for a 50MW solar park on the site of the former RAF Faldingworth base.

The project will see 196,000 south-facing solar modules installed across 150 hectares.

When completed, the project is anticipated to share the title of the largest solar farm development in the UK.

The potential solar farm site is situated on flat brownfield land which is well-screened, making it ideal for PV development according to planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore.

The developer of the site, Lunar Energy, predicts that the 50MW solar farm will generate enough electricity to power over 12,000 homes – mitigating the emission of 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the project’s lifetime of 30 years.

Chris Collett of Barton Willmore said: “This under-utilised former airfield was an ideal site for solar energy because of the topography and limited visual impact. By providing clean energy to more than 10,000 homes it will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in Lincolnshire.

“We currently have relatively few large photovoltaic operations in the UK. This solar park marks another step towards the UK’s aim of having 15% of all energy generated from renewables by 2020, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by moving to a low-carbon economy.”

RAF Faldingworth was used during the Second World War by Number 300 (Polish) Squadron. Before it was decommissioned in 1972, the base was used to store nuclear weapons.