June 18, 2012
Lightsource Planning 54 Acre Solar Farm in My Back Yard
I've no idea as yet who put it there, but yesterday I discovered this leaflet in my porch:
This morning I checked out the planning reference number quoted at the bottom, and quite a few relevant documents can be found on the Teignbridge Council website. It seems at this stage that Lightsource Renewable Energy have requested the council's opinion on whether a future planning application for a proposed 54 acre, 12.3 MW solar farm just outside Shillingford Abbot near Exeter will require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA for short). As far as I can tell from a quick scan of the documents the council's opinion is that in this case an EIA won't be needed.
All this is of huge interest to me personally since my "day job" involves designing components for "smart grids", amongst other things. In addition (and also amongst other things!) I'm concerned about climate change, I'm concerned about energy security, I'm concerned about food security and I'm concerned about our local archaeological heritage. If any of this is of interest or concern to you too please feel free to add your comments below.
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