Solar panel plan to be outlined today

Solar panel plan to be outlined today

Solar panel plan to be outlined today

First published in News

PROPOSALS for a new solar farm in North Dorset will be detailed during a public consultation today.

The plans, which seek to place panels to the east of Grosvenor Road and the Littledown Business Park in Shaftesbury, will go on display from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at Shaftesbury School.

Residents, pupils at the school and wildlife enthusiasts are invited to share their thoughts on the farm, which would be capable of powering a third of the town’s houses with energy, developer Lightsource said.

Conor McGuigan, planning and development director at the company, said: “We are obviously sensitive to the fact that the area around Shaftesbury is one filled with natural beauty and steeped in history.

“We can assure the community that we intend to protect these local assets, while at the same time generating clean, safe electricity and enhancing local wild-life habitats.

“The site opposite Littledown Business Park is ideally placed to be of least possible impact to its surroundings, as it is well screened from nearby residential properties.”

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2:57pm Mon 23 Jun 14

coster says...

There is certainly a great deal of money available in subsidy from the taxpayer, however as a viable solution to power generation solar panels are a non-starter. Follow the lead of Germany and build coal power stations or China who open one a week!. I'm afraid we are being sold a pup.
There is certainly a great deal of money available in subsidy from the taxpayer, however as a viable solution to power generation solar panels are a non-starter. Follow the lead of Germany and build coal power stations or China who open one a week!. I'm afraid we are being sold a pup. coster
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3:08pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Townee says...

We live now and in the future not in the past. If it means we build wind farms or solar panel fields then so be it, we need more sources of power. We don't need coal,powered stations that will need us buying coal from Germany or Poland. We need to produce our own power not pay others to produce it like the French. We now subsidise their power by paying high prices for ours.
When will this county realise we are being taken for a ride by all the foreign investment in our power companies. They have share holders who demand a return on their investment. We should never have privatised our gas, electric and water these are a necessity not a luxury.
We live now and in the future not in the past. If it means we build wind farms or solar panel fields then so be it, we need more sources of power. We don't need coal,powered stations that will need us buying coal from Germany or Poland. We need to produce our own power not pay others to produce it like the French. We now subsidise their power by paying high prices for ours. When will this county realise we are being taken for a ride by all the foreign investment in our power companies. They have share holders who demand a return on their investment. We should never have privatised our gas, electric and water these are a necessity not a luxury. Townee
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