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Lightsource BP to hold community consultation event for new Newark solar farm proposal

Lightsource BP, a leading developer and operator of solar installations in the UK, will be outlining their proposal to fund, build and operate a 49.9MW solar farm on 207 acres of land at The Grange, Hawton, Newark, NG24 3RJ, at a community information event on 11th June 2019. Lightsource BP is inviting residents from the surrounding area to attend the community information event, where further information will be made available on the project.

The community information event will be held in The Parish Church of All Saints, Hawton, Newark, NG24 3RN, and residents are invited to drop in at any time between 4pm – 6.30pm. The Lightsource BP Team will be on hand to discuss the planning proposal and gather feedback from the local community.

The proposed solar farm will provide enough locally-generated, clean renewable energy to 13,441 homes, saving 16,920 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 3,600 large family cars off the roads.

As well as generating clean energy, Lightsource BP solar farms are designed so that they also act as a haven for local wildlife. A bespoke Biodiversity Management Plan will be created in conjunction with the planning application, and this will ensure that the site provides an enhanced habitat for local wildlife. We’re also choosing native species for landscape planting, seeding and habitat creation. Lightsource BP is also eager to hear from wildlife enthusiasts and local schools who may be interested in playing a role in the ongoing monitoring of wildlife on the site.

The fields which are proposed to house this project have been chosen because they are well-screened by the local topography and existing vegetation, so the surrounding area will have a limited view of the solar farm. A detailed planting plan is being developed to ensure that the limited views are properly screened.

Conor McGuigan, Director of Business Development for Europe, Lightsource BP said:

“Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the climate change solution – allowing communities to meet the rise in energy demand without raising levels of carbon emissions. Solar farms like the one proposed are making clean, renewable, locally-generated power for local homes and businesses.

As always, we’re dedicated to making sure that the communities local to the proposed site are fully informed about our project. The information event is an important part of our community engagement process, allowing elected representatives, local businesses and community members to voice their opinions and speak to our team.”

Residents can obtain further information on the project, at any time, by getting in touch with the Lightsource BP team via info@lightsourcebp.com.