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Plans for solar farm released

The Argus: Plans for solar farm released Plans for solar farm released

PLANS for a new solar park have been revealed.

The proposed solar photovoltaic park, which could generate enough electricity to power 3,300 homes, could be built on 18 hectares of agricultural land at Catsfield, near Battle, East Sussex.

The land is currently used for grazing and also for growing Christmas trees.

Alejandro Vázquez, of OPDE, which is responsible for the development of the solar park, said: “We have selected this site as it is so secluded – direct visual impact is restricted to around three properties to the north-east side of the site and people using the footpath to the south.

“Like all solar parks, there will be negligible noise, no light incursion on the countryside and no traffic impact apart from during the construction period.”

The park will be built by Iota Solar Limited, part of OPDE, if it goes ahead.

OPDE specialises in the planning, development and maintenance of solar farms and has recently finalised work on a solar farm in Alresford, Hampshire, as well as projects across Europe.

However, although OPDE’s Alresford development was ultimately approved by Winchester City Council last November, concerns were raised by local residents about the impact of solar farms on countryside.

Mr Vasquez said creating the park, near Catsfield Stream, will help wildlife.

He said: “The site also offers opportunities for increased biodiversity on the site such as sowing wild grasses and seed-rich flowers, making it a potential haven for insects, birds and small mammals.

“Putting a deer fence up around the site can also exclude large mammals such as foxes and badgers, so making the site more likely to support ground-nesting birds such as skylarks.”

An exhibition and discussion of the plans will be held in Catsfield Village Hall on June 18 between 1.30pm and 5.30pm, at which residents will be able to pose questions to OPDE’s representatives.

Gregory Barker, MP for Bexhill and Battle, and Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change declined to comment as he did not wish to influence the outcome of any potential future planning committee decisions.

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, which is situated on the site, is currently operating as normal.

Residents have been invited to give their views in a questionnaire, make general comments and suggestions and to register to be automatically advised of future updates via email.

For full details of the proposals and more information, visit the website planningconsultation.net

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6:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

wexler53 says...

Great - more eco nonsense instead of a proper, reliable power supply.
Great - more eco nonsense instead of a proper, reliable power supply. wexler53
  • Score: -16

7:37pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 5

9:32pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Hove Actually says...

Seems like a bright idea to me..
Seems like a bright idea to me.. Hove Actually
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
I enjoyed that. Very funny ;)
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]I enjoyed that. Very funny ;) HJarrs
  • Score: -11

10:22pm Fri 13 Jun 14

PorkyChopper says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power. PorkyChopper
  • Score: -4

9:11am Sat 14 Jun 14

tekniko says...

PorkyChopper wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.
You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.
[quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.[/p][/quote]You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there. tekniko
  • Score: 1

11:04am Sat 14 Jun 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

tekniko wrote:
PorkyChopper wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.
You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.
Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind.
[quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.[/p][/quote]You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.[/p][/quote]Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Sat 14 Jun 14

downbythesea says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
hahaha!

No way to efficiently store energy?
This is the most idiotic statement I have heard today.

I think you are about 15 years behind energy storage technology there!

Latest developments include Vanadium flow batteries where storage capacity is simply increased by bolting on another tank of chemicals into the flow line, quinone–hydroquino
ne batteries in development & already working at small scale test projects and much cheaper than vanadium flow.

Also for those with 2000 litre standard sized heating oil tanks, it will be possible within a few years to actually install these instead in conjunction with domestic PV arrays and power your home during the evening.

Not to mention molten Salt (Sodium storage) Solar Power / Storage plants - one power plant already in use in California by the way, providing 450,000 Megawatt hours of energy a year for 68,000 households, ALL from clean solar energy.

There are a few other methods such as compressed air storage, water splitting (producing hydrogen and oxygen, and using the stored hydrogen at peak period in a gas turbine).

Not to mention the latest microbiological reaction technologies using bacteria.

Solar, Wind, and Wave energy are the cleanest technologies around, and like all other technologies, provide almost FREE energy after the initial cost of setup. Simple really.

Feel free to dislike this post.
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]hahaha! No way to efficiently store energy? This is the most idiotic statement I have heard today. I think you are about 15 years behind energy storage technology there! Latest developments include Vanadium flow batteries where storage capacity is simply increased by bolting on another tank of chemicals into the flow line, quinone–hydroquino ne batteries in development & already working at small scale test projects and much cheaper than vanadium flow. Also for those with 2000 litre standard sized heating oil tanks, it will be possible within a few years to actually install these instead in conjunction with domestic PV arrays and power your home during the evening. Not to mention molten Salt (Sodium storage) Solar Power / Storage plants - one power plant already in use in California by the way, providing 450,000 Megawatt hours of energy a year for 68,000 households, ALL from clean solar energy. There are a few other methods such as compressed air storage, water splitting (producing hydrogen and oxygen, and using the stored hydrogen at peak period in a gas turbine). Not to mention the latest microbiological reaction technologies using bacteria. Solar, Wind, and Wave energy are the cleanest technologies around, and like all other technologies, provide almost FREE energy after the initial cost of setup. Simple really. Feel free to dislike this post. downbythesea
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

tekniko says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
tekniko wrote:
PorkyChopper wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.
You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.
Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind.
No, they only have 58, not 58 more than anywhere else in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.[/p][/quote]You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.[/p][/quote]Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind.[/p][/quote]No, they only have 58, not 58 more than anywhere else in Europe. tekniko
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Phani Tikkala says...

tekniko wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
tekniko wrote:
PorkyChopper wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.
You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.
Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind.
No, they only have 58, not 58 more than anywhere else in Europe.
He/she didn't say that. He/she said, "...France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe".

It could have done with a comma though -

"France has 58 nuclear power stations, more than anywhere else in Europe"

Sorry for the pedantry
[quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]No, we wouldn't "die". Humans aren't actually powered by electricity. Life might be a bit inconvenient for some, but humans are supremely adaptable. But yes, I agree that solar/wind power is a nonsense, and totally unreliable. More research should be put into tidal power.[/p][/quote]You've not been to northern France then. Solar and wind power is reliable and efficient there.[/p][/quote]Sorry I stand corrected and there's me thinking that the fact that France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe might have something to do with it. Again sorry the way forward is solar / wind.[/p][/quote]No, they only have 58, not 58 more than anywhere else in Europe.[/p][/quote]He/she didn't say that. He/she said, "...France has 58 nuclear power stations more than anywhere else in Europe". It could have done with a comma though - "France has 58 nuclear power stations, more than anywhere else in Europe" Sorry for the pedantry Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Sat 14 Jun 14

JWinner says...

"During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low"

Yeah, and as we all know people use no electricity at work, because the PCs in their offices and machinery in their factories run on magic fairy dust. Not to mention the lights and the heating and the air conditioning.
"During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low" Yeah, and as we all know people use no electricity at work, because the PCs in their offices and machinery in their factories run on magic fairy dust. Not to mention the lights and the heating and the air conditioning. JWinner
  • Score: 1

10:20am Sun 15 Jun 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

downbythesea wrote:
Worriedofbrighton wrote:
Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.
hahaha!

No way to efficiently store energy?
This is the most idiotic statement I have heard today.

I think you are about 15 years behind energy storage technology there!

Latest developments include Vanadium flow batteries where storage capacity is simply increased by bolting on another tank of chemicals into the flow line, quinone–hydroquino

ne batteries in development & already working at small scale test projects and much cheaper than vanadium flow.

Also for those with 2000 litre standard sized heating oil tanks, it will be possible within a few years to actually install these instead in conjunction with domestic PV arrays and power your home during the evening.

Not to mention molten Salt (Sodium storage) Solar Power / Storage plants - one power plant already in use in California by the way, providing 450,000 Megawatt hours of energy a year for 68,000 households, ALL from clean solar energy.

There are a few other methods such as compressed air storage, water splitting (producing hydrogen and oxygen, and using the stored hydrogen at peak period in a gas turbine).

Not to mention the latest microbiological reaction technologies using bacteria.

Solar, Wind, and Wave energy are the cleanest technologies around, and like all other technologies, provide almost FREE energy after the initial cost of setup. Simple really.

Feel free to dislike this post.
Your an idiot if you actually believe the tripe your spouting I agree the technology may be there, but the cost is prohibitive. Do you really believe these companies are doing these works to save the planet, dopey, there doing it to turn a profit. Also we are having to rape the planet of minerals and elements to make these stupid storage systems. Wake up, the way forward is to make existing systems more efficient . Fracking and nuclear is the way to go, and before you start on about fracking being unsafe, we have the most stringent health and safety rules anywhere on the planet. So the lie of pumping chemicals in the ground and polluting the water table is just rubbish. They would not be allowed. More propagander from the idiot environmentalists.
[quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: Please let me explain this terrible con that big buisness is selling you. There is no way to efficiently store electricity, power stations can't magically stop producing electricity when it suits them it takes days. The only reason the big companies carry out these works is so they can sell it back to the grid. During the day (sunlight hours) most people are at work, so demand very low, it's the same story with wind farms. If we were only to rely on these two sources of energy we would all die. The way forward at the moment is to make current electricity production more efficient. Do not buy into this solar / wind nonsense it is only making big buisness more money. People it's a lie.[/p][/quote]hahaha! No way to efficiently store energy? This is the most idiotic statement I have heard today. I think you are about 15 years behind energy storage technology there! Latest developments include Vanadium flow batteries where storage capacity is simply increased by bolting on another tank of chemicals into the flow line, quinone–hydroquino ne batteries in development & already working at small scale test projects and much cheaper than vanadium flow. Also for those with 2000 litre standard sized heating oil tanks, it will be possible within a few years to actually install these instead in conjunction with domestic PV arrays and power your home during the evening. Not to mention molten Salt (Sodium storage) Solar Power / Storage plants - one power plant already in use in California by the way, providing 450,000 Megawatt hours of energy a year for 68,000 households, ALL from clean solar energy. There are a few other methods such as compressed air storage, water splitting (producing hydrogen and oxygen, and using the stored hydrogen at peak period in a gas turbine). Not to mention the latest microbiological reaction technologies using bacteria. Solar, Wind, and Wave energy are the cleanest technologies around, and like all other technologies, provide almost FREE energy after the initial cost of setup. Simple really. Feel free to dislike this post.[/p][/quote]Your an idiot if you actually believe the tripe your spouting I agree the technology may be there, but the cost is prohibitive. Do you really believe these companies are doing these works to save the planet, dopey, there doing it to turn a profit. Also we are having to rape the planet of minerals and elements to make these stupid storage systems. Wake up, the way forward is to make existing systems more efficient . Fracking and nuclear is the way to go, and before you start on about fracking being unsafe, we have the most stringent health and safety rules anywhere on the planet. So the lie of pumping chemicals in the ground and polluting the water table is just rubbish. They would not be allowed. More propagander from the idiot environmentalists. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 2

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