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Solar park plans near Lincoln that could provide electricity to 110,000 homes

Proposals to build a new solar energy storage park on land south-west of Lincoln have been launched. The solar park would provide electricity to power approximately 110,000 homes and the proposed site is located to the north and south of the A46 at Fosse Way.

Fosse Green Energy, the proposed new solar park, would be made up of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery energy storage areas. It would be connected by underground cable to the grid via a substation, which National Grid is in the process of exploring locations for.

A team led by Windel Energy launched the first consultation on proposals for the park on Monday, September 11, and will run until Friday, October 20. The solar and energy storage park is anticipated to have a generating capacity c.350 megawatts (MW) peak direct current (dc), with an export capacity of 240MW peak alternating current (ac), and could provide enough clean energy to power in the region of 110,000 homes.

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Events where members of the public can meet the project team and find out more:

  • Witham St Hughs Village Hall: Saturday 30 September, 10am to 2pm
  • Oliver Roper Parish Meeting Room: Wednesday 4 October, 3pm to 7pm
  • The Venue @ Navenby: Thursday 5 October, 3pm to 7pm
  • Hammond Sports Centre Main Hall: Saturday 7 October, 10am to 2pm
  • Online event (register online): Wednesday 11 October, 6pm to 7pm

Gary Toomey, managing director at Windel Energy said: “We are committed to involving the local community and in consulting widely on our plans in a responsible way. We’ve already considered and listened to feedback received earlier this year and have decided to not use overhead lines and pylons for the connection into the national grid.

“The feedback we receive at this stage of public consultation is very important and will help to further influence design of the project, with it used to better understand aspects which should be prioritised as Fosse Green Energy is developed. We are particularly looking for suggestions of community schemes or projects that we could be a part of and on our plans to deliver biodiversity net gain.”

The park is being proposed by Fosse Green Energy Limited, a joint venture by Windel Energy and Recurrent Energy. A project website has further details and can be found at www.fossegreenenergy.co.uk.

People can also provide feedback by email at info@fossegreenenergy.co.uk or by contacting the project phoneline (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) at 0800 860 6262.

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