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Local solar farm opens gates to discuss benefits of solar energy

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The Hollies Solar Farm in Croft near Skegness will open its gates to visitors from local homes, schools, businesses and community groups on July 4.

The opening forms part of a nationwide event and during Solar Independence Day, visitors will be able to discover how the solar farm is improving the local environment by creating new habitats for wildlife.

Landowner Tim Spencer said: “The solar park has not only provided a haven for locally declining species, such as grey partridge, skylarks, lapwings and hares, but has also led to a significant increase in mice and other small mammals providing food for owls and kestrels which are now regularly seen hunting over the site.”

Visitors will also be able to see first-hand how renewable solar energy is making the UK more independent from the rising costs of imported, polluting fossil fuels.

During the open day there will be experts on hand from operator juwi Renewable Energies and owner Lightsource to give tours around the solar farm, explain how the technology works and answer any questions.

The Lincolnshire site is an excellent example of how the renowned sunny weather in the region brings a range of benefits to the local area, both generating green electricity for the local grid and bringing tourists to the much loved resort of Skegness.

Organisers of the even said “It is also an excellent example of how renewable energy can help support local rural farm businesses.”

Solar Independence Day is organised by industry body the Solar Trade Association.

STA members juwi and Lightsource want to show their commitment to building enduring relationships with communities hosting solar projects, from initial project development and construction through the lifetime of the project to its eventual decommissioning.

Lightsource CEO, Nick Boyle, said: “The solar farm at The Hollies demonstrates perfectly how ‘home-grown’ renewable energy can be put to good use for the benefit of the local community. The Hollies solar farm is an excellent example of how the passive use of land for solar energy generation has the potential to generate clean, safe power at the same time as boosting biodiversity.”

The open day will run from 10am-4pm.

Anyone interested in coming along should book a timeslot by contacting Darren Speck at juwi on 0121 733 1119 or Darren.speck@juwi.co.uk, or by registering online using the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-independence-day-tickets-

11844413961?aff=es2&rank=1.

The Hollies Solar Farm is found at Croft, Skegness, PE24 4SH and the following health and safety measures will apply:

- No dogs allowed

- Children must be accompanied by adults (CRB checked where necessary)

- Practical footwear must be worn at all times– walking boots/trainers/flat shoes

- There are no facilities such as toilets available on-site

- In case of bad weather, please bring appropriate clothing (umbrellas, waterproofs, etc) as there will be limited shelter on site.

 

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