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Construction starts at one of the country's largest solar farms, in Hampshire

Solar Farm Array

Reporter Charlotte Neal


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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Campaigners braced for marathon hearing over Navitus Bay wind farm

Turbines at Sea

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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Council urged to do its bit to cut school electricity bills

run-on-sun-logo-313 Solar School

Schools across Hampshire could be earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year if Hampshire County Council helps them to install solar panels, Friends of the Earth urged today (13th October 2014).

A freedom of information request by the environment charity revealed that Hampshire’s 530 schools spent a whopping £5.7million on electricity in 2013-14. (Portsmouth’s 60 schools spent  £677,582 on electricity in 2013-14. Southampton’s 74 schools spent £1million on electricity in 2013-14).

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