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Solar farm planned near Loughborough

Renewable energy company TGC Renewables has taken the first step towards a planning application for a 32-acre solar farm on the outskirts of Loughborough, Leicester Mercury has reported.

The company, which has offices in Bristol and Glasgow, has requested an “environmental impact assessment screening opinion” from Charnwood Borough Council.

The proposed site – at Mill Farm in Nottingham Road – is currently used for grazing. If the plans are approved, it would house rows of solar panels for up to 25 years.

The ground-mounted panels would not be expected to be taller than 3m (9.8ft), and an eight-foot-tall deer-proof mesh fence would be put up around the site.

TGC Renewables says the potential benefits of a solar farm on the outskirts of Loughborough would be extensive.

Residents will be given the opportunity to invest in the project.

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