Tuesday November 25th 2014
According to the Dorset Echo, ‘Planning chiefs have given the green light for a 20-hectare solar farm on land currently used as a Christmas tree plantation north of Wareham.’
The Oaklands plantation will have around 20,000 solar panels installed, which the firm behind the proposal claims will generate enough electricity to power 1,500 homes.
The application, which was agreed by Purbeck District Council, received strong support locally, with many residents arguing in favour of the green energy scheme proposed by renewable energy supplier and generator Good Energy.
Hugo House, Good Energy senior project developer, commented: “We are very happy that this scheme has been backed not only by the planners but by the local community.
“Our solar farm will help make a significant contribution towards Dorset’s renewable energy targets.
“Councillors and local residents who backed our plans have shown their own commitment to a future where more electricity is supplied by green and clean sources.”
Developers say that the Oaklands farm is well screened, and is currently used as a Christmas tree plantation, grazing pasture and motocross track.
Construction of the Oaklands solar farm is scheduled to begin next spring.