Caravan site in green solar push

The land at Trusthorpe Springs which could soon be home to a space age solar farm to fuel the caravan park.
The land at Trusthorpe Springs which could soon be home to a space age solar farm to fuel the caravan park.

A COASTAL caravan park could soon be powered entirely by a solar farm which is planned for land behind the site.

Trusthorpe Springs have applied to East Lindsey District Council to install 216 solar panels of 230 watts each, adding up to just under 50 kilowatts of power for the site.

The £200,000 investment could see the entire site consisting of 125 static caravans and a clubhouse powered by the solar farm via an underground cable.

Forecasts show that it would take between seven and 10 years to see a return on the site’s initial investment.

Trusthorpe Springs General Manager David Brailsford told the Leader: “This is a big investment, but is something everybody is going to have to consider with costs going up.

“We are keen to do all we can to be green and believe this is a viable project.

“We’re hoping with the government pushing for such schemes that the district council will look favourably on our application.”

The application is now undergoing consultation and should be decided within 12 weeks, and Mr Brailsford is hopeful that the solar farm will be in place by April 1, 2012.