UK-based renewable power projects developer Lunar Energy has secured planning permission from the West Lindsey District Council to build the 50MW solar project at former Lincolnshire airbase.

The permission has been obtained by the planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore on behalf of Lunar Energy.

To be equipped with 196,000 south-facing solar PV panels, the project will be built on 150 hectares of airbase land near Market Rasen.

The project is claimed to be the largest solar farm development in the country with an operational life of 30 years.

Once completed, the solar PV farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 12,000 UK homes, while mitigating the emission of 500,000t of carbon dioxide over the project’s lifetime.

"The project is claimed to be the largest solar farm development in the country with an operational life of 30 years."

Barton Willmore senior planner Chris Collett said the former airbase site is suitable for the development of the solar farm because of the topography and limited visual impact.

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

"We currently have relatively few large photovoltaic operations in the UK. This solar park marks another step towards the UK’s aim of having 15% of all energy generated from renewables by 2020, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by moving to a low-carbon economy."