Lark Energy plans solar farm to generate power for cement works

An energy company has submitted a planning application to build a new solar farm to generate electricity for cement works.

Lark Energy has applied for planning permission 
to develop an 8MW solar 
farm on land near to Pit Lane, Ketton, which is owned by Hanson Cement.

The plans would see two fields transformed into a solar farm with a life span of 25 to 30 years, which would generate electricity for the cement works.

Managing director of 
Lark Energy, Jonathan Selwyn, said his company would build the solar farm but it would be owned by a separate investor.

Last year villagers launched a campaign against proposals to build two wind turbines in the village, but the solar farm plan has attracted less concern.

An exhibition was held in March and the only issue raised was about the possible impact on bats living near the site.

Mr Selwyn said: “The solar farm really won’t be visible because the land is already part of the Hanson site.

“Solar farms are very low level and don’t tend to attract as much opposition as wind turbines.”

One resident contacted Rutland County Council to say: “We are in full support of the solar farm project and see renewable energy projects like this as a way forward for future generations.

“This will not affect the local area in any way and will probably provide employment and no doubt educational visits for years to come.”

Ketton Parish Council is due to discuss the plans at a meeting on May 15.

In a separate application, Lark Energy’s parent company Larkfleet Group, hopes to install solar reflectors at Southfields Business Park in Bourne for three years to test the technology for domestic and overseas use.

The plans will be considered by South Kesteven District Council.

The Larkfleet Group already uses solar panels at its premises in Bourne 
and Market Deeping.

The panels, which include 
a mix of thin-film and 
standard PV panels, which have generated 12 per cent more electricity than predicted.

It means the company expects to save more than £140,000 in electricity bills over the next 25 years and raise more than £1.25m from the sale of electricity.