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Swindon encourages renewable energy plans

Plans due to go before the Swindon planning committee next week could see a big increase in solar power and hydrogen power, the Swindon Advertiser has reported.

The proposal will see the relaxation of planning controls making it easier for homes and businesses to install panels, and garages will be able to convert hydrogen power without requiring planning permission, making Swindon a leader in the emerging market.

There will also be a move which could pave the way for an increase in solar farms on greenfield sites around the town.

If passed Swindon Council will launch a ‘Call to Sites’, which will give local businesses, landowners and communities an opportunity to submit potential sites for the council to consider.

The aim is to provide communities with local sources of energy, a move which has won praise in the industry, as the council seek to have 200MW of energy from renewable sources.

Meanwhile, Honda is pioneering the hydrogen fuel cell for cars and has a re-fueling site at the factory in South Marston.

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