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Plans for huge new solar farm on display for residents to see

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BIG PLANS An exhibition is on about a plan for a solar farm plan near Bishops Waltham

Published in the Portsmouth News on 12th November 2014


PLANS for a new 50-acre solar farm are to go on show to the public.

Solafields is holding the public exhibition to give people living in Bishop’s Waltham the chance to see its plans for a solar farm west of the B2177 between Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase.

Members of the project team will be there to discuss the proposal and answer any questions.

The project is at an early stage and work is being done by the firm to assess the suitability of the site and its surroundings.

Studies are under way to assess the potential impacts of the proposed development on environmental, social and economic grounds.

Mark Candlish, from Solafields, said: ‘As well as providing clean renewable energy, the solar farm could deliver local benefits, such as financial contributions to projects, biodiversity enhancements and jobs.

‘We’re looking forward to meeting people at the exhibition and hearing their comments about our plans.’

The solar farm would generate up to 15 megawatts of electricity to feed directly into the local electrical grid network.

This would generate enough renewable electricity to power around 4,545 homes.

Tim Pratt, co-ordinator of Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth, said the solar farm was a good idea as long as the location was right.

‘Location is very important when it comes to building a solar farm,’ he said.

‘Solar power is something we need more of and can be beneficial.

‘But plans cannot have bad effects on the wildlife and environment.’

The consultation will be on the 20th November 2014 starting 4.30pm until 8.30pm in the Silver Room, at Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham.

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