New solar farm in Lincoln set to be the biggest in the UK

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A new solar energy farm in Lincoln is being touted as the largest of its kind in the country after it was granted planning permission.

The solar farm at an old RAF base in Faldingworth is set to be the size of 210 football pitches with 196,000 panels.

Although it has not yet officially confirmed as the largest - a similar sized farm in Leicestershire was opened last year - the solar farm is expected to generate 50MW of electricity, or enough to power 12,000 houses.

The site was initially granted permission to build a 20,000 panel farm, capable of outputting 10MW, but the latest update will help to create a site capable of running for around 30 years. It will also be the site of a number of transformers housed in buildings as well as a control building and a switchgear room.

Barton Willmore senior planner, Chris Collett, said: "This under-utilised former airfield was an ideal site for solar energy because of the topography and limited visual impact.

"By providing clean energy to more than 10,000 homes it will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in Lincolnshire."

The site at Faldingworth is not the only one proposed in Lincoln, another 36MW solar farm has also been proposed on the edge of the county, located between Burton and South Carlton.

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