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Solar farm plans for Somerset

Two solar farms could be built on agricultural land on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare, reported South West Business.

Energy company Solar Power South wants to build a solar park on a 10.5 hectare site at New Orchard Farm in Puxton while Green Switch Solutions want to develop a similar scheme on farmland at Silver Moor Lane in Hewish.

Both companies have now written to North Somerset Council to ask if an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed before the schemes can go ahead.

The Puxton scheme would see up to 22,000 fixed solar panels erected in rows on a 10.5 hectare site.

Energy generated from the panels would be piped directly to the National Grid via a network of underground cables.

Sheep would be able to graze around the panels to maintain the pasture.

The solar park would operate for 25 years after which time the land would be returned to its original state.

The land lies within a flood zone and is close to a designated site of special scientific interest.

The solar farm plans for Hewish would see a 3.9 hectare site on land off Silver Moor Lane developed.

Details of the number and type of panels to be used in the development have yet to be determined as detailed site investigations are currently being completed.

North Somerset Council will now consider whether Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s) are needed ahead of any planning applications being submitted for the projects.

Plans for solar parks in Hewish and Puxton are the latest in a string of proposals for energy farms across North Somerset.

Renewable energy firm, Green Energy UK Direct Ltd, has announced plans to build a 10mw solar farm on land at Grange Farm, Clevedon Road, Clapton-in-Gordano and a 90 acre solar park on land at Downs Farm at Dundry.

Plans for a community run solar farm on farmland at Weston-in-Gordano have also drawn up by not for profit environmental group Low Carbon Gordano.

And Renewable energy firm, Wessex Solar Energy, has announced proposals to create an eight megawatt solar energy farm on a 46 acre site at land west of Iwood Lane, Congresbury.

The development would cover 11 fields and generate enough electricity each year to power between 1,794 and 2,555 homes.

Concern over the impact of climate change has resulted in the European Union requiring member states to provide a significant percentage of their energy requirements from renewable sources.

For the UK the requirement is to provide 20 per cent of the nation’s energy from renewable sources.