December 10, 2014 4.01 pm This story is over 112 months old

Green light for 41k panels solar farm near Lincoln

Freewatt expansion: Plans for a solar farm that can generate electricity to power 3,300 homes in the county have been approved.

Plans for a multi-million solar farm near Lincoln that can generate enough electricity to power 3,300 homes in the county have been given the go-ahead.

The installation of 41,000 solar panels by Stow-based company, Freewatt Solar PV has been given approval by planners to be built next to their headquarters.

The farm received planning approval from West Lindsey District Council last week and the application didn’t receive a single objection.

The new 10MW proposal will be an extension to the 1.1MW existing solar farm at Stow.

The installation is expected to have a lifetime of 25 years. Once the development has reached the end of its life, the modules, mounting systems and buildings housing electrical equipment will be removed from the site.

The land would then be restored to its original condition and agricultural use would continue.

Freewatt Chief Executive, Julian Patrick, said: “This is a really exciting project for Freewatt Solar PV and will really catapult the company to new heights and set new standards for how solar farms should be built.

“Officers at the council have been incredibly helpful throughout the process and we have worked really hard to find the right site and create, not just a new solar farm, but a new and sustainable eco-system for wildlife adding both environmental and financial value.”