Sun shines on farm energy


Planners have backed a bid by a Rasen fruit and vegetable supplier to produce much of its own energy.

Application Chris Kitchen of Kitchen Garden Produce has received consent from West Lindsey District Council to erect 600 solar panels on four buildings within the grounds of his premises at Fen Road, Owmby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen.

A report prepared as part of the application said the black solar panels would generate 150 kilowatts of power, substantially reducing the businesses’s use of power supplied by the grid, thus cutting its carbon dioxide emissions.

The panels would cover 1,000 square meters on four cow storage sheds, a workshop and related plant, but they could not be seen by the general public. According to the report, the black panels would have a 25-year lifespan.