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Green Alliance Solar Power statistics for Hampshire and West Sussex from 2015

Solar Panel Array

Hampshire ranks ninth nationally at 308MW Solar is the primary source of renewable electricity for southern counties and biomass for heat. Winchester produces twice as much biomass as Portsmouth’s solar. Half of Scotland’s power comes from renewables.

Martin Heath, director of the Hampshire Renewable Energy Cooperative, said: “Hampshire is one of the country’s sunniest areas and it is brilliant to see us third in the [solar] league table. But we are also one of the highest per capita users of electricity, so we need to make the most of our tremendous potential for more renewable energy. We have some of Europe’s best tidal resources in the Solent, and wonderfully windy areas off our coast. Hampshire is England’s most wooded county so we have lots of biomass as well. We should be aiming to be number one [in renewables].”

The local solar power capacity statistics are as follows in Megawatts(MW):

Gosport – 2
Portsmouth – 3
Havant – 6
Southampton – 7
East Hampshire – 15
Eastleigh – 10
Chichester – 21
Fareham – 23
New Forest – 44
Test Valley – 50
Isle of Wight – 58
Winchester – 69

For more results visit the Green Alliance renewable locator website for other areas of the U.K.

Chichester Deserves Better - Update on the A27 Project

Chichester Cathedral

Since it was announced that the northern route was no longer being considered as an option there has been little news on what happens next.

With limited news our newsletters will be less frequent until further information is announced but we will endeavour to update readers with news as we receive it.

However the following is a roundup of the limited news since the northern bypass was dropped.

Highways England advised that at an early options appraisal they had looked at 4 different northern bypass routes. Details were requested on the initial cost estimates for these routes and it was confirmed that the route options were estimated to be between £267.2 million and £323.8 million.

This is perhaps one of the reasons the northern route may have been dropped as it didn’t fit with the available budget. The Highways England project website states clearly that ‘The estimated cost of this scheme is in the range of £120 million and £250 million’

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Consultation on waste recycling centres in Hampshire

Recycling Centre

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th March 2016


Residents are being asked how they think savings can be made in running waste recycling centres in Hampshire in a 10-week public consultation.

Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘We have a large number of HWRCs in Hampshire compared with other areas, and it is clear we are no longer in a financial position to be able to provide this same level of service.

‘This consultation is a genuine opportunity for people to tell us how they think a different and more affordable model can be established.

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