Proposals have been revealed for a second new major solar park in North Lincolnshire.
The Glasgow-based firm of Intelligent Alternatives has earmarked a 250-acre site on Carr Lane, Appleby, – three miles from Scunthorpe.
The cost of the development on agricultural land has been estimated at £55 million.
If given the go-ahead, it is anticipated the solar farm could generate around 50 megawatts of electricity – enough to supply more than 14,000 homes for 30 years.
The developers have told planners at North Lincolnshire that construction would be expected to take around six months.
A spokesman for Intelligent Alternatives said: “It is very early days. We have contacted North Lincolnshire Council to seek their views. We are also in talks with Northern Powergrid over a connection to the National Grid.”
The Appleby bid comes hot on the heels of proposals by the rival Hampshire-based firm of INRG Solar to develop a 220-hectare site near Broughton, to the east of the Scunthorpe British Steel works.
Consultations were held earlier this year with local residents about the project to be known as the Little Crow Solar Park.
INRG Solar says its plans would power around 36,000 homes in the region, which equates to half the amount of homes in North Lincolnshire.
At the same time the development would save around 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
The proposals would also cater for 50 megawatts of battery storage on the site, meaning the park would be able to export electricity when there was no sunlight.
When the plans were first announced earlier this year, Ian Gannon, director of INRG Solar, said: “Our ambition is to deliver the first subsidy-free solar project of this scale, producing low cost, renewable, home-grown clean energy to power UK homes.
“We are in the early stages of development and we are looking forward to meeting local residents and businesses so we can outline and discuss our proposals prior to the planning application being lodged later in 2018.”