Calne energy company checks out land near town for photovoltaic project

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An energy company is investigating the possibility of setting up a 46-hectare solar park on the outskirts of Calne.

The site, between High Penn Farm and Abberd Lane, is located on land originally used for landfill and is next to a quarry site owned by Hills.

It belongs to local farmer Jim Angel, who would lease it to the Hive Energy Comp-any for as long as 15 years.

The company, which also has plans for at least five other solar parks, including sites in Southampton, Somerset and Northampton, hopes to generate 20mw of power per year.

This would be enough to power more than 7,500 houses, and it is likely the electricity generated would be used by surrounding houses and businesses. But plans for the park are in the early stages and no planning application has been submitted yet.

The photovoltaic panels, to be connected to the national grid, will be laid out in rows from east to west, spaced eight metres apart, and will be limited to three metres above ground level.

They will either by driven into the soil, or will sit on concrete pads so that the land underneath remains undisrupted. A 2.4m high security fence will protect the site and this will be screened by planting native trees and hedges which will take three to five years to grow.

While the south-east side of the site lies 0.7km away from the north Wessex downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, company business development director Julian Pertwee believes the site will have a low visual impact on the surrounding area.

He said: “We are very excited about the potential solar park at High Penn Farm because it will be generating renewable energy in an area where the energy demand is rising. It is being built on a former landfill site in close proximity to the electricity substation and finally, we do not feel the proposed site will interfere with the visual aspects of the local community.

“Large scale sites are much more efficient and we have a big planning team to make sure that it’s all well covered. “The Government’s 2020 solar target of 20GW of power is challenging as we have built only 1.3GW in this country today.”

Wiltshire councillor for Calne north, Chuck Berry, said it would be hard to tell how the plans would affect the area until an application was submitted.

He said: “Nobody really knows the whys and wherefores. Clearly I’m in favour of conserving the environment and things that are green but clearly the main people to express an opinion on this are the people who live near the site itself.”

A farm owner on neighbouring land next to the site said she was unconcerned about the new proposals at the moment.

She said: “We have no objection. The land is not the best of land so it seems appropriate that it should be built on and used.”

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7:06pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Will-Calne says...

I can tell you now, That Grumpy of Calne wont want this going on!
I can tell you now, That Grumpy of Calne wont want this going on! Will-Calne

10:00pm Thu 27 Sep 12

tony montana says...

Will-Calne wrote:
I can tell you now, That Grumpy of Calne wont want this going on!
ha ha i think this may upset him more than Costa opening in Calne ;)
[quote][p][bold]Will-Calne[/bold] wrote: I can tell you now, That Grumpy of Calne wont want this going on![/p][/quote]ha ha i think this may upset him more than Costa opening in Calne ;) tony montana

1:49am Fri 28 Sep 12

Neutral_Comment says...

This is some of the best news Calne has had for decades!
Gotta be one of the largest solar farms in the country!
This is some of the best news Calne has had for decades! Gotta be one of the largest solar farms in the country! Neutral_Comment

7:11am Fri 28 Sep 12

Daedalus says...

Dear Gazette,
I suggest you check up on your derived SI units and associated prefixes. Lower case 'm' means milli and Watt should be an upper case 'W'.
Generating 20mw a year wouldn't even be enough to illuminate a single domestic lightbulb!
Dear Gazette, I suggest you check up on your derived SI units and associated prefixes. Lower case 'm' means milli and Watt should be an upper case 'W'. Generating 20mw a year wouldn't even be enough to illuminate a single domestic lightbulb! Daedalus

2:32pm Fri 28 Sep 12

olly_b says...

Daedalus wrote:
Dear Gazette,
I suggest you check up on your derived SI units and associated prefixes. Lower case 'm' means milli and Watt should be an upper case 'W'.
Generating 20mw a year wouldn't even be enough to illuminate a single domestic lightbulb!
Ha, you beat me to it! While reading through the article, that's essentially the only thing I took away from it.

However, given the current weather, 20mw may be slightly generous...
[quote][p][bold]Daedalus[/bold] wrote: Dear Gazette, I suggest you check up on your derived SI units and associated prefixes. Lower case 'm' means milli and Watt should be an upper case 'W'. Generating 20mw a year wouldn't even be enough to illuminate a single domestic lightbulb![/p][/quote]Ha, you beat me to it! While reading through the article, that's essentially the only thing I took away from it. However, given the current weather, 20mw may be slightly generous... olly_b

10:00am Sun 30 Sep 12

Hardens says...

My 10 panels on my average size roof generate around 2MW per year, might there be a mistake in the reporting of the yearly output of the proposed system - and how many houses that could supply? If not I'm thinking I could power 750 homes from one roof...
My 10 panels on my average size roof generate around 2MW per year, might there be a mistake in the reporting of the yearly output of the proposed system - and how many houses that could supply? If not I'm thinking I could power 750 homes from one roof... Hardens

10:41am Sun 30 Sep 12

Neutral_Comment says...

Megawatts (MW) is the amount produced at any one time. Megawatt hours (MWH) would be the annual amount produced.

If one roof of PV produces 2MW per year, that would have to be one very massive roof!

Al Gores HUGE mansion uses around 200,000KWh per annum. (the amount you claim you get from ONE of your panels!)

This is a case study of Brecon Hospital - which produced just 60KW (1/1000th of 60MW)
http://www.wales.nhs
.uk/sites3/Documents
/254/2006%20Issue%20
07%20Energy%202.pdf

I suspect your roof of 10 panels gives you 2KW...

Suggest you revisit your figures Harden. :)
Megawatts (MW) is the amount produced at any one time. Megawatt hours (MWH) would be the annual amount produced. If one roof of PV produces 2MW per year, that would have to be one very massive roof! Al Gores HUGE mansion uses around 200,000KWh per annum. (the amount you claim you get from ONE of your panels!) This is a case study of Brecon Hospital - which produced just 60KW (1/1000th of 60MW) http://www.wales.nhs .uk/sites3/Documents /254/2006%20Issue%20 07%20Energy%202.pdf I suspect your roof of 10 panels gives you 2KW... Suggest you revisit your figures Harden. :) Neutral_Comment

11:22pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Hardens says...

Ah, I see, thanks Neutral, I missed the importance of the H...

Mind you, come to think of it, in my experience the sun doesn't shine much in Wales and Al Gore probably doesn't deserve as much sunshine in his life as the rest of us...
Ah, I see, thanks Neutral, I missed the importance of the H... Mind you, come to think of it, in my experience the sun doesn't shine much in Wales and Al Gore probably doesn't deserve as much sunshine in his life as the rest of us... Hardens

11:42pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Neutral_Comment says...

Hardens wrote:
Ah, I see, thanks Neutral, I missed the importance of the H...

Mind you, come to think of it, in my experience the sun doesn't shine much in Wales and Al Gore probably doesn't deserve as much sunshine in his life as the rest of us...
Harden - you also mistook an M for a K. YOU have 2Kilowatts of power on your roof, not 2MEGAwatts. IF you had 2 Megawatts, you'd be able to power the entire street and half the town for most of the day.

Wales is not renowned for excess sunshine, and Brecon less than even Wales' meagre average, but it was and continues to be, a roaring success, achieving 90+% efficiency in the first year, despite the governments controls which allows a boast of only 75%, thereby exceeding expected resulting power.

Anywhere and everywhere in the world has equally 50% day and night, per annum. Cloud cover and shade can make a difference, of course, as well as aspect, i.e. North or South facing.

However, there is still a massive potential for using PV, and I'm glad to know you're one of those who have chosen it. :)
[quote][p][bold]Hardens[/bold] wrote: Ah, I see, thanks Neutral, I missed the importance of the H... Mind you, come to think of it, in my experience the sun doesn't shine much in Wales and Al Gore probably doesn't deserve as much sunshine in his life as the rest of us...[/p][/quote]Harden - you also mistook an M for a K. YOU have 2Kilowatts of power on your roof, not 2MEGAwatts. IF you had 2 Megawatts, you'd be able to power the entire street and half the town for most of the day. Wales is not renowned for excess sunshine, and Brecon less than even Wales' meagre average, but it was and continues to be, a roaring success, achieving 90+% efficiency in the first year, despite the governments controls which allows a boast of only 75%, thereby exceeding expected resulting power. Anywhere and everywhere in the world has equally 50% day and night, per annum. Cloud cover and shade can make a difference, of course, as well as aspect, i.e. North or South facing. However, there is still a massive potential for using PV, and I'm glad to know you're one of those who have chosen it. :) Neutral_Comment

9:54am Tue 2 Oct 12

Hardens says...

Yes, I know my system's rating is in kW but my original point focused on the article stating that the potential output of the new "farm" would be 20MW "per year" which I though was misleading and could lend weight to the oft heard complaint that PV systems are a con...
Anyway, it works for me and my bills are much reduced (at least 50%) and the cheques are most welcome :)
Yes, I know my system's rating is in kW but my original point focused on the article stating that the potential output of the new "farm" would be 20MW "per year" which I though was misleading and could lend weight to the oft heard complaint that PV systems are a con... Anyway, it works for me and my bills are much reduced (at least 50%) and the cheques are most welcome :) Hardens

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