Newton solar farm gets green light

A horticultural nursery’s plans to create a solar farm have been given the green light.

Roger Horspool, Tewinbury House, Mill Lane, Newton, will be able to install 200 photovoltaic panels after receiving planning permission from Fenland District Council last week.

Mr Horsepool produces cut flowers on the 27-acre site and requires a large amount of energy.

He wants to install the panels to reduce the firm’s energy costs, with surplus electricity sold on to the national grid.

The solar farm will produce around 46,000kWh of electricity each year.

The panels will be laid in a single array covering a total area of 282.30m2

The top edge of the array would be no higher than 2.44m above the ground.

Workers would take seven to 10 days to install the solar farm at the Newton site.