Plans to locate over 2,000 solar panels on factory roof

Planning news.
Planning news.

A pork processing factory could see over 2,000 solar panels installed on its roof.

The scheme to locate 2,888 panels with a total capacity of 750KW on top of Tulip’s pork processing factory at Ruskington has been put forward seeking planning permission by contractors Lark Energy and Oakapple Renewables.

If approved by North Kesteven District Council, the solar panels would be located on three buildings on the Sleaford Road site, one of 11 factories that Tulip are considering before the Government reduces subsidies for renewables companies at the end of this year. The panels would be mounted flat on the roofs on steel frames, with negligible impact on the appearance of the building, says Lark Energy.

Nick Purnell, Communications Manager at Tulip, said: “As part of our ongoing energy management programme we look at various ways in which it may be possible to reduce our company’s reliance on traditional energy sources.

“This means we will often make planning applications as a routine part of the process when scoping the feasibility of any such project, however we have not yet taken any decisions to alter the way we currently provide power for our Ruskington site.”