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Somerton solar farm goes ahead

Lightsource Renewable Energy has received permission to build a 50-acre solar farm delivering nearly 8 MWp in Somerton, Somerset.

It has received the support of the town’s council, according to the Western Gazette, despite objections from residents from neighbouring villages.

The scheme has now been recommended for approval to South Somerset District Council.

The completed solar farm is expected to generate electricity for more than 2,000 homes in the area and will be designed to last for 25 years.

At the end of this period, the area will be returned for use for agricultural purposes.

Following objections that the farm would be clearly visible to a number of residents, the planting of trees to act as a screen was also recommended.

There were no objections from Somerton residents at the meeting and the plans were previously the subject of a public consultation between Lightsource and the local community.