Monday, June 17, 2013

Solar energy bid to power 2,400 homes

More than 2,000 homes could be supplied with green power if a renewable energy developer is allowed to open a solar farm near Allington.
Cirencester-based Inazin Power Ltd wants to build an 11MW solar park across 6.8 hectares of land by Fowlswick Lane, near Battens Farm. Plans involve rows of photovoltaic (PV) cells standing no more than 2.8 metres above the ground.
James Hartley, planning manager of Inazin Power, said: “The proposal could produce sufficient power for the average use of about 2,400 households and save over 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be produced for the equivalent usage of fossil fuels.”
Inazin held a public consultation at Kington St Michael Village Hall in April, which was attended by about 15 members of the public.
A spokesman for the company said: “The results were, on the whole, extremely encouraging. There have been few objections expressed at the meeting or in writing to the proposal.”
Sunpower was considering a 5MW solar farm on the site a few years ago. But it was found the cost of the equipment, grid connection and installation would exceed returns on the scheme.
Inazin said the site was well screened by hedgerows and mature trees. Existing power lines close by would distribute the green energy into the grid network.
Construction of the development would take three to four months and it was planned to be in operation for 30 years.