Solar farm is taking shape

Work has started on the new solar farm on land off The Ridge, near Great Doddington
Work has started on the new solar farm on land off The Ridge, near Great Doddington

Work is progressing on a solar farm being built on farmland near Wellingborough.

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the plans submitted by Lark Energy last year.

The scheme is for a temporary operational period of 25 years and will generate about 8GWh of renewable energy on average each year, generating enough electricity to power 2,000 homes a year.

Speaking after the plans were approved, vice-chairman of the planning committee Cllr Martin Griffiths said: “We were particularly impressed with the effort the applicant had put into making sure the solar farm would have limited visual impact, and had revised the layout following extensive consultation with local residents.”

Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, said: “It will provide significant clean energy for local homes and businesses.”

The solar farm is made up of rows of fixed solar photovoltaic panels mounted on metal frames.