The authority claims the investment would generate a steady commercial return and help meet its aim to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

If the proposals are approved, the council could spend £3,086,200 on the new facility – £2,855,200 in the next 12 months and the remaining £231,000 by April 2023.

No planning application for a solar farm has yet been submitted, either to the county council or to Sedgemoor District Council, which is the local planning authority.

Somerset County Council’s budget proposals (including Council Tax levels) will be debated by the full council virtually on February 10 from 10am.