Dorset locals slam huge solar farm sending ALL its power to London

Dorset locals hit out at huge 100,000-panel solar farm being built on 75 acres of countryside that will send ALL its power to offices in City of London

  • The panels are currently being installed on green land in the heart of Dorset, near the village of Spetisbury
  • しかし 50 megawatts of electricity it produces won’t be for local residents wanting to be more eco-friendly
  • Instead the energy will be channelled 120 miles to London’s Square Mile to power buildings like the Gherkin
  • Countryside campaigners have hit out at a huge solar being built in the heart of Dorset that will send all its power to offices in the City of ロンドン.

    ほとんど 100,000 solar panels are currently being installed on 75 acres of rolling countryside near the village of Spetisbury.

    しかし 50 megawatts of electricityenough to power 15,000 家 – the farm will produce will not be for local residents wanting to become more environmentally friendly.

    Instead the green energy will be channelled 120 miles to London’s Square Mile where it will power office buildings such as the Gherkin and the Guildhall.

    Last year the City of London Corporation, which runs the capital’s financial district, signed a £400m contract with French energy firm Voltalia.

    The authority agreed to fund the construction of the solar panels in Dorset in return for all the electricity they produce.

    Dorset Council gave the project the go-ahead and construction is now well underway.

    But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), an environmental pressure group, has accused the City of plundering precious countryside for its energy.

    ほとんど 100,000 solar panels are currently being installed on 75 acres of rolling countryside near the village of Spetisbury

    ほとんど 100,000 solar panels are currently being installed on 75 acres of rolling countryside near the village of Spetisbury

    しかし 50 megawatts of electricity - enough to power 15,000 家 - the farm will produce will not be for local residents wanting to become more environmentally friendly

    しかし 50 megawatts of electricityenough to power 15,000 家 – the farm will produce will not be for local residents wanting to become more environmentally friendly

    Instead the green energy will be channelled 120 miles to London's Square Mile where it will power office buildings such as the Gherkin and the Guildhall

    Instead the green energy will be channelled 120 miles to London’s Square Mile where it will power office buildings such as the Gherkin and the Guildhall

    The authority agreed to fund the construction of the solar panels in Dorset in return for all the electricity they produce

    The authority agreed to fund the construction of the solar panels in Dorset in return for all the electricity they produce

    But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), an environmental pressure group, has accused the City of plundering precious countryside for its energy

    But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), an environmental pressure group, has accused the City of plundering precious countryside for its energy

    Energy produced at the solar plant will be taken by an intermediary utility company who will direct - or 'sleeve' - it to the City of London for a fee

    Energy produced at the solar plant will be taken by an intermediary utility company who will director ‘sleeve’ – it to the City of London for a fee

    その見返りに, the utility company agrees to provide additional power at times when energy output from the plant does not meet the demands of the City

    その見返りに, the utility company agrees to provide additional power at times when energy output from the plant does not meet the demands of the City

    There are already several other solar farms in the area, including one to the north of Spetisbury and another in nearby Blandford St Mary.

    Rupert Hardy, chairman of CPRE Dorset who objected to the proposals, 前記: ‘We opposed the plans because of the impact on countryside and the farmland in the area.

    ‘That land should be used to provide food for Dorsetnot electricity for London.

    ‘We would far prefer energy produced in our county to be used hereespecially when it is desecrating our beautiful landscape.

    ‘The solar farm is within sight of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    ‘What we would like to see is more solar panels on roofs. London should stop plundering our countryside.

    The deal, known as a ‘sleeve agreement’, is the first of its kind in the UK to be signed between a private company and governing authority.

    It will save the City of London Corporation around £3m in energy costs a year and provide more than half of its electricity for 30 年.

    Energy produced at the solar plant will be taken by an intermediary utility company who will director ‘sleeve’ – it to the City of London for a fee.

    その見返りに, the utility company agrees to provide additional power at times when energy output from the plant does not meet the demands of the City.

    Simon Holt, Voltalia’s manager in the UK, 前記: ‘All of the energy produced at the plant will go to the City of London as a customer through their existing utility provider.

    ‘Because it relies on sunlight, there may be periods of low output and the utility company agrees to make up the shortfall.

    Mr Holt said it was ‘unavoidablethat renewable energy facilities would be built in the countryside.

    彼は続けた: ‘It is important that they are sensitively sited outside of areas of national beauty and national parks.

    ‘We carefully consider the potential impact of a project and we certainly believe that in this case the benefits vastly outweigh the negatives.

    ‘The South Farm solar plant will be built in a dip in the landscape which is difficult to see from the surrounding areawe have got its positioning absolutely right.

    ‘It has grid availability which is hard to come by, so we had to utilise that.

    ‘COP22 has made it absolutely clear that we must act on climate changeunless we take action things are going to get really bad.

    ‘This is part of that actionwe are trying to lower the country’s reliance on fossil fuels to produce the energy needed. This will have a big impact on the future.

    Andrew Kerby, local councillor for Spetisbury, said the project was a ‘win-win’.

    彼は言った: ‘ The countryside and landscape are far from natural and static, no matter what the city folk think.

    ‘The reality is that farming and the way we farm has changed. Farmers once harvested light to grow grain, now they harvest light to make electricity.

    '私のために, it’s a win-win. Solar provides an opportunity to provide a carbon free, renewable energy source that will go some way to ensuring that global warming is reduced and give our environment a chance to survive.

    According to Mr Holt, the bulk of construction will take place from February 2022 when the solar panels are installed at the site.

    The plant is expected to start producing energy by the middle of next year.

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