Solar company warming to Rasen with second scheme

Solar panels
Solar panels

A second farm in the Rasen area is being assessed for its potential as a solar farm.

Reading-based renewables company Livos Energy has contacted West Lindsey District Council about whether an Environmental Assessment is needed for a solar farm at Fox Covert Farm, Low Lane, Middle Rasen.

An 8.3ha site at the farm could generate 5 Megawatts of power using free standing solar photovoltaic installation.

“The site is of a sufficient size, is relatively flat and is located in an area away from groups of housing,” Livos planning manager Craig Miles told the Rasen Mail.

Livos is considering other options around Market Rasen for a ground mounted solar PV installation. Any solar farm would contain lines of solar panels mounted on aluminium frames no more than 2.8m high.

Earlier this month, it contacted WLDC about the need for an assessment for a 30 acre site at Lynwode Farm, Linwood,

“It is highly unlikely that all of the sites we request a screening opinion for are taken forward. This is still a very early stage of identifying suitable areas of land and potentially applying to develop a ground mounted solar PV installation,” Craig 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, WLDC approved a 50MW project at RAF Faldingworth from Lunar Energy. Covering 150 ha, this still-to-be-built scheme, would be the largest solar farm in Britain.