Any bright ideas for Uckfield solar farm?

The Argus: Any bright ideas for Uckfield solar farm? Any bright ideas for Uckfield solar farm?

A renewable energy company is looking for help from residents as it bids to build a solar farm capable of powering 2,700 homes.

Lightsource Renewable Energy is preparing to submit a proposal for a solar farm on a country estate near Uckfield.

If given the go ahead, the farm would be one of the biggest in the county.

The firm, which is the UK’s leading solar energy generator, has launched a campaign calling on the local community to get involved in shaping the 65-acre solar farm.

As well as residents with local knowledge, the firm is looking for wildlife enthusiasts, traffic management experts, fencing specialists and landscapers to help develop the project.

The farm would be based at the Bentley estate, which is also home to the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum.

The majority of the site will be built on grassland and panels will have five metre gaps between them to allow sheep to graze.

Other wildlife initiatives include wild flower seeding planted along the field margins as well as bat boxes in the surrounding trees and a barn owl box overlooking the watercourse and surrounding grasslands.

The firm said that a formal application was still a few weeks away.

Conor McGuigan, business development director, said: “The way a solar farm is laid out means that over two-thirds of the land is open grassland.

“In the case of Bentley Estate, the open grassland would account for 44 out of the planned 65 acres and all of this land needs to be responsibly cared for.

“This involves much more than just technical expertise.

“There are many ways people can get involved – from the point of design right through to construction, fencing, and enhancing habitats for local wildlife.”

Information on preliminary designs have been sent out to the local residents and a drop-in information evening will be held on Tuesday, February 4 at the Forge Hotel in Halland, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

For more information about Lightsource Renewable Energy and its proposals for a solar farm at Bentley Estate, contact 0333 200 0755 or email info@lightsource-re.co.uk, quoting Bentley estate.

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5:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

Wait and see you will get people demonstrating against a solar farm,whatever source of energy be it fracking,solar,wind,
nuclear etc etc people in one of the most populated areas of the Uk ie the south of England object but they don't object when they use the energy that's been provided from elsewhere.One example is up north there are windfarms all over on the south coast you don't see them.We shouls all stop protesting and accept the fact we use energy so we too should have energy production on our doorstep.
Wait and see you will get people demonstrating against a solar farm,whatever source of energy be it fracking,solar,wind, nuclear etc etc people in one of the most populated areas of the Uk ie the south of England object but they don't object when they use the energy that's been provided from elsewhere.One example is up north there are windfarms all over on the south coast you don't see them.We shouls all stop protesting and accept the fact we use energy so we too should have energy production on our doorstep. clubrob6

11:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hamelsham1 says...

Surely the 65 acres should grow food.
Surely the 65 acres should grow food. Hamelsham1

1:08am Thu 23 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Build
Absolutely
Nothing
Anywhere
Near
Anything
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gribbet

10:06am Thu 23 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Hamelsham1 wrote:
Surely the 65 acres should grow food.
Where does the energy come from to cook the food?
[quote][p][bold]Hamelsham1[/bold] wrote: Surely the 65 acres should grow food.[/p][/quote]Where does the energy come from to cook the food? Gribbet

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