Eco proposes first solar energy farm for Dorset

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By Com_Publisher | Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 21:14

If given the green light, Dorset's first solar energy farm (the Parley Solar Farm) will generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 1,100 homes annually. It will also save more than 1,100 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

Thirty acres of land next to Eco’s existing Chapel Lane site have been

earmarked for the solar farm. Currently used for turf cultivation, the fields have been specifically chosen for their screening. Established hedgerows or woodland surround the site.

Eco plans to work closely with Dorset County Council and Natural England but says the environmental impact will either be neutral or, indeed, beneficial.

The company proposes to place more than 30,000 photovoltaic panels on the land, capable of directly converting sunlight into electrical current.

The panels sit on a frame and have a height of no more than 180 cms. They are directed south at an angle of between 30 and 35 degrees.

The solar farm is expected to generate approximately 5MW of electrical power which, based on average UK household figures, will meet the electricity needs of 1,100 homes.

Trelawney Dampney, Eco’s Managing Director, said: “Parley Solar Farm will be a first for Dorset, offering a low carbon, renewable energy source.

“Climate change is the biggest issue facing the world at the current time. The establishment of Parley Solar Farm will represent a small step towards meeting the UK government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.

In total, the company plan to produce around 12MW of electrical power.

What do you think - a great idea or a blot on the landscape ?



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    It has just been announced that this project has been rejected by Christchurch Council.

    The reason being 'it will spoil the green belt'.

    I feel strongly that this project should find an alternative location and that the council should lead the public by example in backing energy efficient proposals such as these. If the council don't take global warning seriously then what are the rest of us to think?

    By lilybell07 at 16:11 on 04/04/11

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