Solar farm planned for Wellingborough site

An example of an existing solar farm
An example of an existing solar farm

A solar farm covering 60 acres of land to power 2,400 homes is being proposed.

South Lincolnshire-based Lark Energy (part of the LarkFleet Group) is planning to develop a 10 megawatt solar farm situated along Doddington Road, Wellingborough.

Once complete the solar farm would produce clean, renewable energy for the local electricity grid, providing enough power for approximately 2,400 homes.

Developers say it would also contribute towards Northamptonshire County Council’s aim to reduce emissions by 34 per cent by 2020.

Residents are being encouraged to attend a public exhibition to find out more about the proposals. The exhibition is being held on Thursday, May 16,at Great Doddington Hall, 41 Lower Street, Great Doddington, between 2pm and 7pm. It is a drop-in event so there is no need to book.

Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, said: “The public exhibition provides us with an opportunity to talk with the local community about our plans and gather feedback before submitting any planning application. We’d like as many residents to attend as possible.

“Solar energy is part of the UK’s strategy to generate clean energy as a way to combat climate change and to provide secure long term energy for the UK. We’ve got a lot of experience in planning and delivering solar farms that take account of the character of the area and also enhance wildlife and conservation.”

Lark Energy plans to submit a planning application in the summer. If given the go ahead, work on the solar farm could start later this year.