Meeting to discuss controversial solar farm near Lydeard St Lawrence

This is The West Country: Meeting to discuss controversial solar farm near Lydeard St Lawrence Meeting to discuss controversial solar farm near Lydeard St Lawrence

A MEETING to discuss controversial plans for a solar farm in open countryside on the outskirts of Tolland, near Lydeard St Lawrence, is taking place next week.

Juwi Renewable Energies has applied to Taunton Deane Council for planning permission to build a 3.47MW farm on agricultural land at Grove Farm.

If approved, around 14,000 panels would be installed in two fields within the 8.32 hectares site for up to 25 years.

The site, which bounds a section of the West Deane Way footpath, would be surrounded by two metre-high deer fencing and include a substation and 26 CCTV cameras mounted on two metre-high poles.

Lydeard St Lawrence and Tolland Parish Council has called the meeting in Lydeard St Lawrence Village Hall at 7.30pm on Monday to give councillors and residents the chance to air their views.

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9:26am Sun 15 Dec 13

heather147 says...

These solar panels are horrible ugly things. I would never have one on my roof, or on my land, they look terrible. I would never buy a house that had solar panels on its roof simply because I don't like them and you still need to use normal electricity don't you? 14,000 solar panels? You must be joking. I think we should ditch the idea of solar panels. When do we get enough sun in this country for them to be effective anyway? I think they are a total waste of money and space.
These solar panels are horrible ugly things. I would never have one on my roof, or on my land, they look terrible. I would never buy a house that had solar panels on its roof simply because I don't like them and you still need to use normal electricity don't you? 14,000 solar panels? You must be joking. I think we should ditch the idea of solar panels. When do we get enough sun in this country for them to be effective anyway? I think they are a total waste of money and space. heather147

3:22pm Sun 15 Dec 13

feeby12007 says...

I agree with heather147 and where is the logic in putting these hideous things in beautiful countryside anyway? Once they are on the land they will never go and can only set precedence for more to be built. Farmers say they are only diversifying but these solar farms are just for financial gain at the expense of people who are lucky enough to live in the countryside. Suggestions have been made to build them alongside motorways where the impact would be less intrusive...
I agree with heather147 and where is the logic in putting these hideous things in beautiful countryside anyway? Once they are on the land they will never go and can only set precedence for more to be built. Farmers say they are only diversifying but these solar farms are just for financial gain at the expense of people who are lucky enough to live in the countryside. Suggestions have been made to build them alongside motorways where the impact would be less intrusive... feeby12007

4:07pm Sun 15 Dec 13

feeby12007 says...

Interesting that the owner of the land for the solar farm is on the Tolland / Lydeard St Lawrence parish council. Hmmmm.
Interesting that the owner of the land for the solar farm is on the Tolland / Lydeard St Lawrence parish council. Hmmmm. feeby12007

1:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

topcataj says...

heather147 wrote:
These solar panels are horrible ugly things. I would never have one on my roof, or on my land, they look terrible. I would never buy a house that had solar panels on its roof simply because I don't like them and you still need to use normal electricity don't you? 14,000 solar panels? You must be joking. I think we should ditch the idea of solar panels. When do we get enough sun in this country for them to be effective anyway? I think they are a total waste of money and space.
https://www.google.c
o.uk/search?q=not+en
ough+sun+in+the+uk+f
or+solar+power not sure whether you have any facts to back up the idea that solar power doesn't work in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: These solar panels are horrible ugly things. I would never have one on my roof, or on my land, they look terrible. I would never buy a house that had solar panels on its roof simply because I don't like them and you still need to use normal electricity don't you? 14,000 solar panels? You must be joking. I think we should ditch the idea of solar panels. When do we get enough sun in this country for them to be effective anyway? I think they are a total waste of money and space.[/p][/quote]https://www.google.c o.uk/search?q=not+en ough+sun+in+the+uk+f or+solar+power not sure whether you have any facts to back up the idea that solar power doesn't work in the UK. topcataj

12:38pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Frontier_Pharmacist says...

What rubbish some people say, especially when they obviously know nothing of the subject they rant about.
I have a 2kwh system installed and paid for it myself so I get the benefits of the FITS payment made by the government to encourage people to use renewables.
In the first year the total power generated and exports to the National Grid paid for the years Gas and Electricity I used. This is on a 3 bed, 3 storey town house.
So it does work, there is enough solar activity, the sun does not have to be shining brightly to generate power. If it does, then more power is generated.
The only thing I was disapointed with was that if there is a power cut, the solar panels don't keep things working as its looking for the grid's Earth, so you also suffer the loss in power.
Running them alongside motorways is a fine idea and already between junc 23 & 24 on the M5.
What rubbish some people say, especially when they obviously know nothing of the subject they rant about. I have a 2kwh system installed and paid for it myself so I get the benefits of the FITS payment made by the government to encourage people to use renewables. In the first year the total power generated and exports to the National Grid paid for the years Gas and Electricity I used. This is on a 3 bed, 3 storey town house. So it does work, there is enough solar activity, the sun does not have to be shining brightly to generate power. If it does, then more power is generated. The only thing I was disapointed with was that if there is a power cut, the solar panels don't keep things working as its looking for the grid's Earth, so you also suffer the loss in power. Running them alongside motorways is a fine idea and already between junc 23 & 24 on the M5. Frontier_Pharmacist

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