Huge solar farm plans for outskirts of Chard

Yeovil Express: Huge solar farm plans for outskirts of Chard Huge solar farm plans for outskirts of Chard

A SOLAR farm the size of 20 football pitches could soon be built on the edge of Chard.

It would be built on land south of the A30, between Palfrey’s Lane and Snowdon Hill and developers Vogt Solar say it would provide enough energy for more than 2,200 homes.

The plans will go on show at the Cotley Inn in Wambrook today (Wednesday).

Cllr Tony Prior, who chairs Chard Town Council’s planning committee, said: “While I am in favour of solar and wind power, every case has to be examined on its own merit.

“Even though this is not in Chard, the town council will no doubt be asked to comment on it.”

Sarah Bower, from Vogt Solar, said it was planned to use the site for 25 years and then remove the solar panels, returning the fields to their current use.

She said the solar panels were low-lying and the site had hedgerows blocking the panels from view.

She added: “We will look to use local companies for the build and maintenance of the solar farm where possible, as well as o t h e r local services such as accommodation during the construction phase.”

Vogt Solar said log piles and bird boxes would be installed to create a natural habitat that encouraged rare fauna and flora.

A typical solar farm takes eight to 12 weeks to build and the likely route for vehicles during construction would be from the A30.

The site would be accessed from the existing field gate off the lane by Snowdon Hill Farm and the structure would be fixed into the ground using poles rather than concrete bases.

The 27-acre farm would produce 8.16 megawatts of power, which Vogt Solar says could provide clean, safe, renewable energy for 2,273 homes.

The public exhibition at the Cotley Inn is from 3-7pm.

Have your say below.

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8:20pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Hugo101 says...

Solar panels should be on the top of buildings where the aspect angle is good for the light. All new homes should be built with solar panels so that people can benefit from the light. Putting them on top of factor roofs, bike sheds etc will be good for everyone.

But when farmers built solar farms we get to but the electricity no cheaper than other sources and the ground below is deprived of light for 25 years leading to the field being turned into an industrial brown field site. Probably built houses on the site when the panels reach the end of life.

Not a good idea.
Solar panels should be on the top of buildings where the aspect angle is good for the light. All new homes should be built with solar panels so that people can benefit from the light. Putting them on top of factor roofs, bike sheds etc will be good for everyone. But when farmers built solar farms we get to but the electricity no cheaper than other sources and the ground below is deprived of light for 25 years leading to the field being turned into an industrial brown field site. Probably built houses on the site when the panels reach the end of life. Not a good idea. Hugo101
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10:27am Wed 16 Jul 14

peterla says...

Agreed, all roofs should carry these panels, including the farm in question.

However, solar panels do let light through. You can see by visiting other local arrays or by going to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, so grazing underneath is quite possible and fields remain usable.

With all these schemes I favour local participation, ie "Community based" schemes so that local people have ownership and share the responsibility.

I look forward to today's exhibition.

Possibly a good idea!

Peter Lansdown
Secretary
South Somerset Green Party
Agreed, all roofs should carry these panels, including the farm in question. However, solar panels do let light through. You can see by visiting other local arrays or by going to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, so grazing underneath is quite possible and fields remain usable. With all these schemes I favour local participation, ie "Community based" schemes so that local people have ownership and share the responsibility. I look forward to today's exhibition. Possibly a good idea! Peter Lansdown Secretary South Somerset Green Party peterla
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6:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

neil@croton.fslife.co.uk says...

" Vogt Solar said log piles and bird boxes would be installed to create a natural habitat that encouraged rare fauna and flora " What a load of green wash , so many claim to be so eco friendly and provide extra benefits for wildlife . They all make claims to tick boxes to sway favor with locals / planners with no real long term commitment . one recent application thought they could improve a county wildlife site a wildflower meadow by digging it up and installing solar panels on top of it .
" Vogt Solar said log piles and bird boxes would be installed to create a natural habitat that encouraged rare fauna and flora " What a load of green wash , so many claim to be so eco friendly and provide extra benefits for wildlife . They all make claims to tick boxes to sway favor with locals / planners with no real long term commitment . one recent application thought they could improve a county wildlife site a wildflower meadow by digging it up and installing solar panels on top of it . neil@croton.fslife.co.uk
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7:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Car parks such as supermarket car parks are used in some places to harvest the sun - the car is under cover and keeps cool while the panels above get the sun. Dual use for one area.
Car parks such as supermarket car parks are used in some places to harvest the sun - the car is under cover and keeps cool while the panels above get the sun. Dual use for one area. QuillPen
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1:10pm Thu 17 Jul 14

mercury-1978 says...

I think it is exactly the sort of thing we should be encouraging. The land is still usable and we are generating energy in the community where we use it. The fact it might not be cheaper is not the end of the world, at least it is local. In reality it will have such and light foot print and low visual impact, loads better than a power station!
I think it is exactly the sort of thing we should be encouraging. The land is still usable and we are generating energy in the community where we use it. The fact it might not be cheaper is not the end of the world, at least it is local. In reality it will have such and light foot print and low visual impact, loads better than a power station! mercury-1978
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