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Construction begins on Wedmore solar project
AN AMBITIOUS £950,000 community project to build a solar energy plant in Wedmore has begun to take shape.
The scheme includes two paddocks of 4,000 solar panels on land off Quab Lane to the north-west of the village and is being run by Wedmore Community Power Co-operative.
The group is using locally-recruited labour to help erect the frames that will carry almost 4,000 solar panels and in just a few weeks the project will start generating clean electricity for local homes.
Robin Mewes, one if the people behind the project, said: “It is great to see the frames and photovoltaic panels for the solar plant going up just as we planned.”
A share offer, which launched in June has been extended, but will close as soon as the offer is fully subscribed or the plant is commissioned. So far, £637,600 has been raised towards the £950,000 needed.
Mr Mewes added: “A lot of people who mean to buy shares haven't got around to it yet and although the share issue has been extended, it will close when the plant is commissioned or the offer is fully subscribed.”
It is hoped the project will plough £500,000 back into the community and enough electricity to power 300 home solar installations.
For more details call Robin Mewes on 01934-712826 or search ‘Wedmore solar’ on www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk