Large solar farm plan for Trowbridge goes public

This Is Wiltshire: Large solar farm plan for Trowbridge goes public Large solar farm plan for Trowbridge goes public

Plans for a 40-hectare solar farm at Cockhill Farm in Trowbridge went on show to the public on Thursday at Walwayne Court Primary School.

Gaiger Solar, which was set up by Devizes-based business Gaiger Brothers, has developed the plans for a 20 megawatt solar farm at Cockhill Farm, off Cockhill.

It will generate enough renewable electricity to power around 6,000 average homes and will save approximately 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year compared with electricity generated from fossil fuels.

A community benefit fund will be established, paying £1,000 per MW installed capacity for the 25-year lifetime of the solar farm – amounting to £20,000 a year or £500,000 for the project lifetime.

Sam Gaiger, director of Gaiger Solar, said: “As a local, family-run business, we want to invest to help ensure a sustainable future for Wiltshire and we believe solar energy is a good way to do that.

“Cockhill Farm is a great site for a solar park – it is adjacent to the Trowbridge sewage works and an industrial estate, and will be well screened, so it shouldn’t have an impact on any views.

“The land is of low agricultural value, and we’ll be improving its biodiversity by sowing wild flowers and grasses around the solar panels to make it a haven for wildlife.”

The site consists of two fields and is bounded on the north by the Kennet and Avon canal, while the railway line lies to the east, the sewage works to the south and the A363 Trowbridge Road to the west.

Gaiger Solar has also recently had a planning application for a 10 MW solar farm at Marsh Farm, Hilperton, approved by Wiltshire Council’s planning department, under delegated powers.

Building work on the Hilperton solar farm, which will cover 21 hectares and generate enough renewable electricity to supply the equivalent of 3,000 average homes, is expected to start later in the summer.

Mr Gaiger added: “We worked closely with Hilperton Parish Council to make sure the application was acceptable in terms of visual impact.”

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12:38pm Fri 2 May 14

Darned_peasants says...

Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike?
Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike? Darned_peasants
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1:30pm Fri 2 May 14

beetawix says...

Cockhill solar farm plan public my eye
where was the notice for this?
not the notice afterwards, but before Thursday
Cockhill solar farm plan public my eye where was the notice for this? not the notice afterwards, but before Thursday beetawix
  • Score: 5

3:31pm Fri 2 May 14

Room101 says...

Can it been seen from Seend, or heard from Chapmanslade.
Can it been seen from Seend, or heard from Chapmanslade. Room101
  • Score: 7

11:06pm Fri 2 May 14

cmness says...

Trowbridge finally joins the solar and wind farm debate. Seems this will be the next thing every town will have. Nice to see that some sense has been applied to the suggested location for once though.
Trowbridge finally joins the solar and wind farm debate. Seems this will be the next thing every town will have. Nice to see that some sense has been applied to the suggested location for once though. cmness
  • Score: -4

11:12pm Fri 2 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

The nimbys will complain it's spoiling their view of the sewage works!
The nimbys will complain it's spoiling their view of the sewage works! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 1

11:19am Sun 4 May 14

beetawix says...

Darned_peasants wrote:
Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike?
When you say strike do you mean register an opinion?

Assuming most no votes are from local people or NIMBYs I expect most of the yes votes come from non local people (YIYBYs)
[quote][p][bold]Darned_peasants[/bold] wrote: Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike?[/p][/quote]When you say strike do you mean register an opinion? Assuming most no votes are from local people or NIMBYs I expect most of the yes votes come from non local people (YIYBYs) beetawix
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Sun 4 May 14

the optimist says...

beetawix wrote:
Darned_peasants wrote:
Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike?
When you say strike do you mean register an opinion?

Assuming most no votes are from local people or NIMBYs I expect most of the yes votes come from non local people (YIYBYs)
I am sorry to disappoint beetawix but I support both solar and wind and I am Wiltshire born and bred. and more local than you think.

What you are suggesting is the opposite of what actually happened in Seend where it took a second petition of support from the village folk to put down the anti brigade who weren't actually 100% local? More like a countrywide rent-a-mob?
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darned_peasants[/bold] wrote: Wonder how long it will be before the Nimbys strike?[/p][/quote]When you say strike do you mean register an opinion? Assuming most no votes are from local people or NIMBYs I expect most of the yes votes come from non local people (YIYBYs)[/p][/quote]I am sorry to disappoint beetawix but I support both solar and wind and I am Wiltshire born and bred. and more local than you think. What you are suggesting is the opposite of what actually happened in Seend where it took a second petition of support from the village folk to put down the anti brigade who weren't actually 100% local? More like a countrywide rent-a-mob? the optimist
  • Score: 5

6:39pm Mon 5 May 14

brandx says...

Seems a logical location. The Community fund should be ring fenced for Trowbridge inhabitants - who will be controlling it?
Seems a logical location. The Community fund should be ring fenced for Trowbridge inhabitants - who will be controlling it? brandx
  • Score: 1

11:37pm Tue 6 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Why do the pro-solar and wind power commentards always have to refer to opponents of same in such negative and derogatory terms?
Why do the pro-solar and wind power commentards always have to refer to opponents of same in such negative and derogatory terms? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 5

5:33pm Wed 7 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

This is simple subsidy junkie behavior - and the same "morality" applies - it's theft from poor people by well to do landowners...

Solar panels are at least 4 times more effective in Africa - so in terms of "saving the planet" and helping poor people (some in Africa I'm reliably informed) this is an expensive gesture that is essentially pointless at northern latitudes as Germany has "discovered".

This isn't "green" or "sustainable" or even efficient use of resources - it's pandering to the subsidy mafia. What's wrong with sending these to Africa - not racism by Greens is it?
This is simple subsidy junkie behavior - and the same "morality" applies - it's theft from poor people by well to do landowners... Solar panels are at least 4 times more effective in Africa - so in terms of "saving the planet" and helping poor people (some in Africa I'm reliably informed) this is an expensive gesture that is essentially pointless at northern latitudes as Germany has "discovered". This isn't "green" or "sustainable" or even efficient use of resources - it's pandering to the subsidy mafia. What's wrong with sending these to Africa - not racism by Greens is it? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Mon 12 May 14

Mrs_Green says...

I expect it will be the people who don't over look it that'll be the ones in favour of it.
The community will get half a million over 25 years, the land owner stands to get about 5 times that ( 2.5 million ) nice work if you can get it.
I expect it will be the people who don't over look it that'll be the ones in favour of it. The community will get half a million over 25 years, the land owner stands to get about 5 times that ( 2.5 million ) nice work if you can get it. Mrs_Green
  • Score: 0

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