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Old RAF Lyneham site to have 160,000 solar panels

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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The massive £230 million project to turn what was the West's biggest military air base into Britain's first tri-service technical training college will now include 160,000 solar panels to power the site.

The Ministry of Defence unveiled plans to turn the northern end of the old RAF Lyneham site in north Wiltshire over to electricity production, with 90 hectares not needed for outdoor training or new buildings being used to site 160,000 solar panels.

It would supply the new MoD Lyneham Defence College of Technical Training, but also enough energy for 10,000 homes. The idea follows the plan to turn another former air base in north Wiltshire – at nearby Wroughton – into Britain's biggest solar farm, although those Swindon council plans are now to be the subject of a public inquiry.

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