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PLANS to create a £12m solar farm will be going on show at an exhibition next week.

Lark Energy is hoping to install a series of solar panels on the 35- acre site at Limes Farm, Spalding Road. Bourne.

People living in Bourne will be able to find out more about the plans during a public exhibition on Thursday in the town’s corn exchange.

Staff at Lark Energy, which is part of the Larkfleet Group, will be speaking to people about the project from 3pm to 8pm.

Lark Energy has been holding talks with officials at South Kesteven District Council and Bourne Town Council over the plans.

Land planning manager Jo Wells said: “We have recently had preliminary discussions with the district council and the town council and we are now hosting an exhibition for local people to see and discuss our plans.

“We want to talk to local people about solar farms and show them what the Limes Farm solar farm would look like.

“We are aware, from preliminary discussions, that people want to know about the visual impact, noise, security, lighting and how the land is managed, and our team will be there to show them pictures of the planned development and to answer any questions they may have.”

The firm is considering installing a series of ground-mounted photovoltaic panels at Lime Farm to generate electricity to feed into the National Grid.

The project is at a very early stage and if it goes ahead would be the company’s first solar farm. No planning application has been lodged yet.

The solar farm would see photovoltaic panels produce electricity from daylight, generating usable power even on cloudy days. The field would remain grassed while the panels are south facing, generally around 1.8m high and are tilted towards the sun.

Lark Energy has already supplied a number of panels for homes and businesses.

The firm will be providing power under the Government’s Feed in Tariff, which is open to homeowners and businesses like Lark Energy who can be paid for producing renewable energy.