Sutton St James solar farm under consideration

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Plans for the county’s biggest renewable energy park at Sutton St James are due to go before South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Villagers have already shown their support for the project that will see 33 hectares of farmland covered in solar panels.

Many people from the village turned out to show their support at a recent meeting held in the village hall.

If approved, the village could receive up to £18,000 in cash from a community benefit fund.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) power farm is planned by B E Renewables on Fendyke Farm, Fen Dyke, on land owned by Deborah Wright.

Deborah told the Lincolnshire Free Press that she wanted to diversify into solar in order to secure the future of the farm for her sons following the death of her husband Robert.

She said: “It is clean, carbon friendly, naturally produced energy, and it (the solar farm) has been designed to provide a low visual impact.”

The solar farm could generate up to 17.5MWp, its capacity restricted by what the grid connection can accommodate and by the area of the site.

It would consist of about 50,000 solar PV panels that would stand up to 2m high above the ground level, angled towards the south, with rows of panels set about 4m apart.

The project also calls for about seven transformers and a substation measuring 8m by 5m and 4-5m high, depending on roof design.

Four CCTV cameras are proposed on poles at the site entrance and throughout the site, which would be enclosed by 1.6m high security fencing.