A solar farm large enough to power 3,000 homes and save 4,000 tonnes worth of carbon dioxide could be on the cards for Soham.
The Cambridgeshire County Farms Estate has submitted a screening application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for a 50-acre farm.
A site has been found south of Triangle Farm, in Angle Common, but the idea is still in the early stages and a planning application has not yet been put forward.
John Macmillan, rural estate manager for Cambridgeshire County Farms Estate, said: “We started off looking across the entire 34,000 acres the council owns, looking for about 50 acres of land. We haven’t finalised exactly where it will be, but so far we have found one site in Soham.
“We’ve gone for a screening application and when that comes back, which we assume will be in November, then we will see what kind of surveys and public consultation they require.”
Mr Macmillan said if they went ahead with a planning application it would be submitted next year, while the earliest date for connecting the panels would be 2015.
He added: “This project is a genuine community scheme in that the returns will be used to pay for council services, which contrasts with many of the private schemes where the community sees little financial benefit.”
Plans to build a £12 million solar farm in Lakenheath were given the go-ahead by Forest Heath District Council in May.
Meanwhile, plans were submitted to the same authority to install 21,955 solar panels on 15 hectares of land off the A11 Newmarket Road in August, and 140 acres of land in Exning was identified as a possible site for a 95,000 panel solar farm in June.