Solar farm and industrial units proposal in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council is drawing up plans to create a renewable energy facility, consisting of a solar farm and industrial units, in a bid to create a greener energy supply in the region.

The proposals, which would be built on council-owned land near the A6 north of Quorn, state that the site would produce 10 megawatts of electricity each year, and generate £940,000 for the council to invest into front line services, including social care.

The £16 million cost of the project would be paid for using one-off pots of money, including income from property sales and investment. The council’s cabinet will discuss the proposal at its meeting on 1 May.

Byron Rhodes, deputy council leader, said: “This plan is about breathing new life into disused farm land. By creating a solar farm, we could produce clean, green energy, and building new units would offer local businesses the chance to get their foot on the ladder or expand. Investing in property also means we can generate income to plough back into services, reducing the impact of national funding reductions.”