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Lightsource BP proposals for new solar farm to be made public on Monday (May 20)

By Sharon Hodkin

Proposals for a new solar farm will be made public at a community information event on Monday.

Lightsource BP, a leading developer and operator of solar installations in the UK, will outline its plans to build a 49.9MW solar farm on 205 acres of land at Inkersall Grange Farm, Inkersall Grange Road, Bilsthorpe.

The firm says the proposed solar farm will provide enough locally-generated, renewable energy to 16,633 homes, saving 20,938 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 4,455 large family cars off the roads.

“Solar energy is not only clean and renewable, but it also generates locally-produced electricity. This makes solar an important part of meeting the global rise in energy demand efficiently and more sustainably, “ said Conor McGuigan, director of business development for Europe, Lightsource BP.

“We want to ensure that local communities in and around the proposed location have all the information they need about this project.

“We are holding this information event to speak to elected representatives, local businesses and residents of the local community, and to gather feedback.

“This event is also a great way for the community to ask any questions they may have about the project or solar energy in general.”

The community information event takes place at Markham Suite at Rufford Mill, Rufford Abbey Country Park, from 4pm to 7pm.

The Lightsource BP environmental planning and sustainability team will be on hand to discuss the planning proposal and gather feedback.

The proposed fields have been chosen because they are well-screened by local topography, limiting any surrounding views of the installation.

If approvied, panels would be mounted on an aluminium framework with steel legs that are pile driven into the soil. At the end of the 25-year project the installation will be dismantled and removed without harming the land.

Lightsource BP also wants to hear from wildlife enthusiasts and local schools who may be interested in playing a role in the ongoing monitoring of wildlife on the site.

A bespoke Biodiversity Management Plan will be developed in conjunction with the planning application to try to ensure that the plan enhances the site as much as possible for local wildlife.

For more information on the project, contact the Lightsource BP team by email at info@lightsourcebp.com quoting Inkersall.


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