new solar energy park starts to take shape near Burnham-On-Sea
A new multi-million pound major solar energy park on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea is starting to take shape and attracting differing
Energy Limited won the go-ahead last year from Sedgemoor District
Council to build the huge solar park on farmland in Watchfield.
of metal bases have been installed in the fields in recent weeks
and the solar panels are now being installed.
complete, the facilities are expected to generate around 9MW of
electricity, enough to power 1,900 homes.
displayed its plans at a public exhibition in Watchfield last
year when feedback from the community was mostly positive.
James Rowe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The response was 95%
supportive and strongly supportive of the project. Most
people seemed to accept that farmers need to diversity their income
sources, that the solar park wouldn't be easy to see and that
it wouldn't have an adverse effect on local residents. There were
very few concerns."
several local residents have got in contact with Burnham-On-Sea.com
to express their concern about the scale of the plans.
height of the solar panels seems far taller than normal and the
number has taken some of us by surprise - it is a huge scar on
our countryside," said one resident who asked not to be named.
Another reader says she deliberately avoids driving past the fields
to avoid seeing the huge panels.