30 acre solar farm proposal for Rasen

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A 30-acre solar farm has been proposed for a site just outside Market Rasen.

Reading-based renewables company Livos Energy has contacted West Lindsey District Council concerning the project set for land adjacent to Lynwode Farm, Linwood.

“It’s a site we are looking at but we have no firm plans yet,” Livos planning manager Craig Miles told the Rasen Mail.

“We have asked the council if environmental assessments are required. We expect it will take a few weeks for them to tell us.”

The 30 acre site, if approved, would produce around 5MW of power, but Craig said this is not as big as other solar farms around the country.

Essentially, it would contain lines of solar panels mounted on aluminium frames no more than 2.8m high.

The site has been chosen for three main reasons.

The first is the company believes there is capacity within the local electrical power network to accept the power that would be produced at the solar farm.

The site is also large enough and flat enough and is screened by surrounding woodland.

There is also a willing landowner, a Mr J Robinson, who can rent Livos Energy his field for 25 years.

Craig said it could be 4-5 months at least before Livos can submit its planning application.

“It’s an expensive process. We are a long way off yet,” he said.

The move follows another company, Belectric UK Ltd, telling the Rasen Mail in November that is seeking 10-11 acre sites in the Rasen area and had registered a company Market Rasen Solar Farm Ltd for a project.

Last year, West Lindsey District Council also approved a 50MW project at RAF Faldingworth from Lunar Energy.

Covering 150 hectares, this still-to-be-built scheme on a ‘brownfield’ site, would be the largest solar farm in Britain.