Why I welcome solar farm plan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2014

In these early days of adjusting to the climate change predicted, with wild wet winters and drier hotter summers, we need to take stock of how we can adapt appropriately.

I recently attended an information evening at Knapp Cross Community Centre concerning the proposal for a solar farm at Bystock Estate.

I was reassured to find that this has nothing at all to do with the relocation the residents at Bystock Court, for whom I have concern.

The two fields selected for the panels are part of the adjoining Bystock Farm estate.

The plan is to allow the fields to be used for solar panels separated by green corridors which would continue to be used for grazing by sheep or as a hen run. In this way the tradition of open range farming would not be lost. It is estimated that the power produced by these solar panels could supply around 1,800 local homes.

The UK is committed to meeting 15 per cent of its energy demand from renewable resources by 2020. Solar power is a great natural resource, and a sunny area such as Exmouth is well sited to benefit.

The fields in question would not be an eyesore because they are well shielded from the roads around by woodland, which is to be preserved.

It seems to me that this is a proposal that we should welcome. Solar energy is much less dangerous than some of the other suggested power sources, which are being actively considered, such as fracking.

If people would like to learn more about that alternative, there will be an informed talk and discussion on the subject on Monday, May 19, at 7.30pm at The Open Door Centre.

Transition Town Exmouth does not support or oppose individual planning applications, but we aim to point the way to a low-carbon future and a resilient response, which can cut down our rising energy bills, reduce waste and preserve our green open spaces.

Look out for our stall in the Manor Gardens during the Exmouth Festival.

Noel Harrower

Secretary

Transition Town Exmouth


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