Public urged to have their say on solar plan for 12 acres of farmland (From This is The West Country)
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Public urged to have their say on solar plan for 12 acres of farmland
3:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Cornwall
Residents living around Rame are being urged to attend a public consultation being held tomorrow, Thursday, into plans for a solar farm.
Bluefield Energy Limited are behind the scheme for a solar photovoltaic power farm on land near Rame and about 3.5km north of Constantine and 6km west of Falmouth. The company is hosting the public consultation at Edgcumbe Methodist Church between 3pm and 8pm tomorrow.
Local residents opposed to the plans, though, are being urged to attend the meeting at 6.30pm and MP George Eustice has been invited to be present at that time.
In a letter to Mr Eustice, resident Phil Binnie said: “I would request that you or a representative attend, meet some residents so that you can speak directly with them, visit their homes and fully understand the devastating effect it will have and the existing development has already had on some families.
“This appears to be the beginning of a phase of development which will spread some considerable distance along the A394 from Edgcumbe to Longdowns. Given the latest Government guidelines regarding public opinion on these sites it is very important that someone listens to us.
“The area is being destroyed in the name of ‘green energy.’”
The proposed commercial scale solar farm would be at Butteriss Downs on a site located immediately north of the recently completed Little Trevease solar farm. The development would cover around 12 acres and be made up of 12,000, 260Wp solar PV modules which would be arranged in approximately 50 rows of panels which would not exceed three metres in height approximately.
Each row will be positioned to face due south and Bluefield Energy has said: “We assess the visual and landscape impact will be minimal within the wider landscape.
“The project will generate an important source of renewable energy from natural resources in a sustainable manner.”
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