Solar park plans approved at Croft in Lincolnshire
A RENEWABLE energy project on the Lincolnshire coast which will use just the power of the sun, has been approved.
East Lindsey District Council's planning committee supported plans by Juwi Renewable Energy Ltd for the sun park on land at the Hollies at Croft, near to the two wind turbines in this area.
Councillors welcomed the fresh approach to renewable energy rather than using wind power.
East Lindsey has one other sun park at Fen Farm, Conisholme, owned by Ecotricity.
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Alex Fornal from Juni said the park will generate 8million KW of regenerated electricity a year, enough to power 1,800 homes.
The construction and operation will be over a 25 year period and sheep will still be able to graze in the area.
Councillor Clive Blackock said: "This is a well balanced, thought our design. It is refreshing to see something different to windmills."
Councillor Robert Palmer for Louth Marsh added: "This is something new and different to the standard thing we get. Let's give solar panels a go."
Winthorpe Councillor Steve O'Dare said: "This is an excellent location for this site. I think this is a way East Lindsey can provide sustainable energy. This is an excellent idea, I have seen it abroad and it does not cause any real problems."
The panels will be made up of 42,000 photovoltaic cells which are similar to those placed on residential buildings and community venues.
The electricity produced will be transferred to the National Grid by an underground cable. The site will have a substation and 61 security cameras, 2.2 metres high.
A fast-growing hedge is to be planted to initially landscape the area while native trees will be given the time to develop.
The panels will be 2.5 metres high and tilted off the ground.