BAE Systems to submit 13-acre solar farm plan

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A site the size of almost nine football pitches could be turned into a huge solar farm at a major Lancashire business zone.BAE Systems is set to submit plans to install 10,000 solar panels on part of a disused runway at its Samlesbury site, near Preston.The project will involve more than 13 acres of panels on its land, expected to supply up to 25 per cent of the electricity demand for the aerospace giant.BAE will submit the proposal to South Ribble Council this week to install the panels at its military aircraft manufacturing site.The panels will cover 13.30 acres – equivalent to about nine football pitches – and generate 2MW of peak electrical output.The 2.5m high solar panels will be located on an area of the site which includes a portion of the old runway.BAE chiefs said woodland on either side of the runway would provide natural screening from most locations in the area.

via BAE Systems to submit 13-acre solar farm plan – Lancashire Evening Post.

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