Solar farm to be proposed

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A solar farm could be built in a Lancashire village, generating enough electricity to power 4,000 homes.

Elgin Energy intend to submit an application to install about 60,000 solar panels in Bilsborrow.

An exhibition was held this week for the public to ask questions about the ideas for the 86-acre site, on land south of Moss Lane.

And members of the local community said they thought the project would benefit the area.

The exhibition was held prior to an application being submitted to Wyre Council for a 15 MWp solar farm.

A previous consultation was held last year for an alternative site off St Michael’s Road, but flood investigations found the site could not be developed.

Now new plans have been proposed, and the scheme is anticipated to generate power to be exported to the national grid.

Brock Coun Pete Murphy said: “Personally I don’t see any issue - I didn’t see an issue with the first plan.

“In the area there’s very little housing that could be interfered with, we could still use the land for agriculture and potentially they are talking about producing electricity for 4,000 homes.

“And there’s a financial benefit for the area.

“I’m not pre-judging any application that’s going to come in, but from the previous one I would much rather have that than two or three ginormous wind farms that don’t generate the energy as well.”

If approved by Wyre Council, the panels are expected to continue to generate electricity every day of the year for a project lifespan of 25 years.