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Meanwhile, another solar farm takes shape...

Solar Farm Outines

OUTLINE The frames at the Newgate Lane solar farm. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133610-024)

Published in the Portsmouth News on 28th December 2013

by Kimberley Barber
kimberley.barber@thenews.co.uk

 

ONCE it’s built, it will generate enough energy to power 5,500 homes and will have sheep grazing underneath it.

The controversial 66-acre solar farm, on Newgate Lane, Fareham, is nearing completion as work continues to erect 90,000 solar panels.

The solar farm, called Newlands after the nearby farm, will stay on the fields on the strategic gap between Fareham and Stubbington for 25 years.

The site is expected to be finished by the end of February.

The company behind the plans, Vogt Solar, intends to carry out conservation work to protect hedgehogs, robins, stag beetles and sparrows.

A helpline has been set up to deal with any disruption on the site. Call (0800) 0352874.

Half of Britain to be offered for shale gas drilling as fracking areas face 50 trucks passing each day

Ministers “stepping up the search for shale” with new exploration rights to be offered to fracking firms next summer

Fracking Map

Photo: PA

Published on The Telegraph website on Tuesday 17th December 2013
Emily Gosden
By , Energy Editor

 

Ministers will offer fracking companies rights to drill across more than 37,000 square miles of land – almost half of Britain – as they “step up the search for shale” gas and oil.

Under plans unveiled earlier areas from central Scotland down to the south coast of England will be opened up in a “licensing round” next summer.

Communities near fracking sites could see a huge increase in traffic, with HGV trucks coming and going to each site up to 51 times each day for several years, according to an independent assessment by consultants Amec.

Energy minister Michael Fallon said that shale was “an exciting prospect, which could bring growth, jobs and energy security”.

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Ministers reveal UK fracking roadmap

Report says largescale production could create thousands of jobs and give almost £1bn to local communities

Energy minister Michael Fallon

The new energy minister, Conservative MP Michael Fallon, at Downing Street in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Published on The Guardian website on Tuesday 17th December 2013

 

The UK government today stepped up its support for shale gas after a report said largescale production could create thousands of jobs and give almost £1bn to local communities.

Ministers published a “regulatory roadmap” for shale gas setting out permits developers need before drilling.

The report, produced for the government by engineering giant Amec, set out the potential effects of shale oil and gas production.

Shale gas extraction, or fracking, has proved to be hugely controversial, sparking protests in areas including Balcombe in Sussex.

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