Melksham solar farm plans go on show

This Is Wiltshire: The Sandridge Solar Farm consultation at Melksham Town Hall                          Photo: Glenn Phillips (40698) The Sandridge Solar Farm consultation at Melksham Town Hall Photo: Glenn Phillips (40698)

COMMUNITY projects in Melksham could benefit from a yearly £40,000 grant if plans for Wiltshire’s largest solar farm are accepted on the edge of town.
Plans have been drawn up for a 67 hectare installation of solar panels on farmland south of Sandridge Hill, which would meet 10 per cent of the whole county’s renewable energy needs.

Plans for the farm were presented by Sandridge Solar Power Ltd at a meeting in Melksham Town Hall on Wednesday. Director John Hughes said: “Once it’s constructed, every year we would make a contribution of £1,000 per megawatt, which will be put into a community fund.

“We would hope they spend it on environmental projects, for example solar panel schemes for a local school, or if a church needs a new roof.”

Mr Hughes said: “We will take feedback from this event and see whether we have to amend part of the project, then we hope to submit the application in the second week of November.”

Work to install the panels is expected to start next year, with the park generating power by the spring.

Melksham Without Parish Council chairman Richard Wood said: “I think there are mixed feelings. It’s quite a large area of Greenfields, but we all feel there should be something in it for the community.

“It’s very difficult as we haven’t seen the plans. Generally we are in favour of alternative energy, but we will look at every application case-by-case.

“I think the initial presentation reassured me it’s not going to be visible from Melksham, but it will be visible from Sandridge Hill, and parts of Seend.
 

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8:27pm Sun 27 Oct 13

WiltshireGlory says...

These proposals are a disgrace. To put 160,000 panels on farmland in between the villages of Seend and Sandridge is a seriously bad idea. The community will not put up with having the rural area destroyed by this overwhelmingly invasive scheme. I think Richard Wood of the parish council should be more interested in the details of the scheme itself rather than the bribes from these greedy developers.
These proposals are a disgrace. To put 160,000 panels on farmland in between the villages of Seend and Sandridge is a seriously bad idea. The community will not put up with having the rural area destroyed by this overwhelmingly invasive scheme. I think Richard Wood of the parish council should be more interested in the details of the scheme itself rather than the bribes from these greedy developers. WiltshireGlory
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8:29am Mon 28 Oct 13

Room101 says...

Same again, not on my door step.
Same again, not on my door step. Room101
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4:55pm Mon 28 Oct 13

WiltshireGlory says...

At the exhibition one of developers was from the continent. He is certainly not having this on his doorstep!
At the exhibition one of developers was from the continent. He is certainly not having this on his doorstep! WiltshireGlory
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9:02pm Thu 31 Oct 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Subsidy farming on a grand, in your face scale.

The sooner the subsidies are withdrawn the better.

Paying somebody £5 for £1 worth of electricity that's not there at night or in cold cloudy weather - there's a good idea eh?

Just look at Germany - where there's thousands of hectares of broken weed choked solar farms still getting paid - a disgrace.

The Spaniards who have considerably more sun than we do - have decided it's a looser and pointless and have canned subsidies - to much wailing and bleating by the junkies....
Subsidy farming on a grand, in your face scale. The sooner the subsidies are withdrawn the better. Paying somebody £5 for £1 worth of electricity that's not there at night or in cold cloudy weather - there's a good idea eh? Just look at Germany - where there's thousands of hectares of broken weed choked solar farms still getting paid - a disgrace. The Spaniards who have considerably more sun than we do - have decided it's a looser and pointless and have canned subsidies - to much wailing and bleating by the junkies.... moonrakin wurzel
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