Published on the BBC News website on 22nd October 2014
Wind farms have attracted controversy in the UK
The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.
The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.
Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites.
But for a 24-hour period yesterday, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms.
Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.
It follows another milestone on Saturday, when wind generated a record amount of power – 6,372 MW, according to National Grid.
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Published on the Hampshire Chronicle website on 21st October 2014
Story by Charlotte Neal, Reporter
CONSTRUCTION has started at a Hampshire solar farm that will provide enough power for the equivalent of 11,000 homes.
It is one of the largest of its kind in the country, and aims to set new environmental standards for ground-mounted solar by using schemes such as staff car sharing, solar-powered and biodiesel generators, and food waste recycling.
The Southwick Estate Solar Farm, near Fareham, is a joint project between the estate and Primrose Solar.
They say they are looking forward to creating the “greenest ever” solar farm.
Giles Clark, chief executive, said: “For the next 25 years, Primrose wants to be a good neighbour; supporting the local community and working alongside the Southwick Estate to demonstrate responsible stewardship of the land for the lifetime of the solar farm.
“We’ll also be working with local schools running outdoor learning sessions to help bring solar energy to life outside the classroom.”
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Published on the Bournemouth Dail Echo website on 14th October 2014
by Steven Smith, Chief Reporter
CAMPAIGNERS for and against the wind farm planned for the Dorset coast are readying themselves for a marathon meeting today.
The open floor hearing will see the planning process for the Navitus Bay wind farm get under way in earnest.
The doors to the Tregonwell Hall at the Bournemouth International Centre open at 9am for a 10am start, with the meeting set to run until 7.30pm.
Because the proposal is a major infrastructure project, the government’s Planning Inspectorate is overseeing the application.
If it is built, Navitus Bay would see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200 metres located 12 miles from Christchurch, 13 from Bournemouth and Poole and nine from Swanage.
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