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Lightsource BP will be outlining their proposal to build a 49.9MW solar farm at The Grange, Hawton.

By Rachel Armitage

DETAILS of a solar farm which will be built in Hawton will be revealed tomorrow.

Lightsource BP, who develop and operate solar installations in the UK, will be outlining their proposal to fund, build and operate a 49.9MW solar farm on 207 acres of land at The Grange at a community information event tomorrow.

The proposed solar farm will provide enough locally-generated, clean renewable energy to 13,441 homes, saving 16,920 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 3,600 large family cars off the roads.

A solar farm. (12056303)
A solar farm. (12056303)

As well as generating clean energy, Lightsource BP solar farms are designed so that they also act as a haven for local wildlife. A bespoke Biodiversity Management Plan will be created in conjunction with the planning application, and this will ensure that the site provides an enhanced habitat for local wildlife. We’re also choosing native species for landscape planting, seeding and habitat creation.

The fields which are proposed to house this project have been chosen because they are well-screened by the local topography and existing vegetation, so the surrounding area will have a limited view of the solar farm. A detailed planting plan is being developed to ensure that the limited views are properly screened.

Conor McGuigan, director of business development for Europe, Lightsource BP said: “Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the climate change solution – allowing communities to meet the rise in energy demand without raising levels of carbon emissions. Solar farms like the one proposed are making clean, renewable, locally-generated power for local homes and businesses.

"As always, we’re dedicated to making sure that the communities local to the proposed site are fully informed about our project. The information event is an important part of our community engagement process, allowing elected representatives, local businesses and community members to voice their opinions and speak to our team.”

Lightsource BP is inviting residents from the surrounding area to attend the community information event, where the Lightsource BP Team will be on hand to discuss the planning proposal and further information will be made available on the project.

The community information event will be held in The Parish Church of All Saints in Hawton, and residents are invited to drop in at any time between 4pm – 6.30pm.


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