Former World War II airfield home to UK’s largest solar farm

A former World War II airfield in Leicestershire will soon be home to what is believed will end up as the UK’s largest solar farm. Lark Energy secured planning permission […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A former World War II airfield in Leicestershire will soon be home to what is believed will end up as the UK’s largest solar farm.

Lark Energy secured planning permission last week for the 32MW farm at Wymeswold Airfield, with building expected to begin at the end of the month. The £35 million project will consist of around 125,000 panels across 150 acres.

Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director of the company said: “Lark Energy has played a leading role in demonstrating how large scale renewable energy can be deployed quickly with the support of the local community to help the UK address its carbon reduction and energy security requirements.”

The airfield is currently being used for a mixture of agricultural and leisure uses, including a driving experience operator and a kite club. None of the current users are expected to be affected by the solar farm once it is operational.