Solar farm plan for fields outside Thurlby

A solar development
A solar development

Plans to build two solar parks near a village that could generate up to 4.9m kilowatt-hours of electricity per year have been revealed.

Energy firm Inazin, based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, wants to transform two fields to the west of Thurlby.

The company has asked South Kesteven District Council whether it needs to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the two sites, which measure 12ha and 19ha.

According to the document submitted to the council, the fields were chosen in part because of “ease of access to the local grid network”. The panels, which would measure up to 2.3m, would be connected via an underground cable.

The document adds: “Once the site is developed, the land can still be used for grazing and grass crops can be taken. Thus existing farming activity and the proposed solar power production can co-exist on the site.”

Inazin will need to submit planning applications for the two sites before it can start to install the panels.

○ A mast to monitor wind speed will be built on the site of a planned energy park in Rutland.

RES wants to develop the former Woolfox Lodge airfield and will put up an 80m meteorological mast to collect data on wind speed. The company has submitted plans for nine 130m turbines and a 67-acre solar park to Rutland County Council. But the council sent the proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for guidance on who should determine its outcome.

RES project manager Chris Banks said: “Based on our current understanding of wind capacity at the Woolfox site, we estimate that a nine turbine wind farm would be capable of producing renewable electricity equivalent to the annual average needs of around 13,330 UK homes. For comparison, there are around 15,000 homes in the whole of Rutland.

“The additional met mast data will help to ensure that we choose the best turbine for the Woolfox Wind Farm site in order to generate as much renewable electricity as possible.”