Planners approve Vale solar farm

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A SOLAR park with more than 35,900 energy absorbing panels in the Vale has been approved by planners.

Wychavon District Council's planning committee gave the go ahead to the plans for the 50-acre site at Rotherdale Farm, Long Lane, Tilesford, near Pinvin, at their meeting last Thursday.

The development by Evesham Vale Growers is adjacent to its £5m solar park with sheep grazing beneath more than 20,000 energy absorbing panels at Rotherdale Farm, Throckmorton, which was approved in January last year.

At the time of approval, it was hoped the solar park would be completed a few months after planning permission was granted but despite work now underway, construction is not yet complete.

Both sites will be 78 acres with a total of 56,530 panels and combined, will produce 14MW of renewable electricity which will be exported to the national grid via underground cabling to a proposed adjacent electricity substation.

Councillor Liz Tucket, ward member, said: " Some people like these things and some people don't. I think it's a very exciting form of electricity generation.

"The sheep are allowed to graze underneath the solar panels so it's still being used productively as well as making electricity. I think it's a very positive thing that happening."

The farm is currently used for arable farming and grain storage and has recently been granted planning permission for a cattle unit and anaerobic digestion facility which is yet to be built.

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6:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Councillor Liz Tucket may well be "excited" at the prospect of solar panels being grazed below by sheep - what a pretty picture- but what how reliable is the source of the comment that 14MW of electricity will be produced for the national grid, and what is the project's cost/benefit ratio? I suspect that the "warm and fuzzies" have won through on this project, rather than some rational thinking which might instead have recommended wind power, in the UK climate? In the current crisis of government funds, this is profligate spending of scarce taxpayer funds while "Rome burns".
Councillor Liz Tucket may well be "excited" at the prospect of solar panels being grazed below by sheep - what a pretty picture- but what how reliable is the source of the comment that 14MW of electricity will be produced for the national grid, and what is the project's cost/benefit ratio? I suspect that the "warm and fuzzies" have won through on this project, rather than some rational thinking which might instead have recommended wind power, in the UK climate? In the current crisis of government funds, this is profligate spending of scarce taxpayer funds while "Rome burns". Rita Jelfs
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6:45am Wed 25 Jun 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Oops, delete the last sentence, as this appears to be a poor investment decision of private funding rather than government instead?
Oops, delete the last sentence, as this appears to be a poor investment decision of private funding rather than government instead? Rita Jelfs
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2:38pm Sat 28 Jun 14

head thumper says...

Rita Jelfs I suggest before you make yourself look any more foolish by calling the Solar Farm a poor investment decision you research your facts sweetheart.
Rita Jelfs I suggest before you make yourself look any more foolish by calling the Solar Farm a poor investment decision you research your facts sweetheart. head thumper
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7:49am Sun 29 Jun 14

Evesham justice league says...

Rita Jelfs wrote:
Oops, delete the last sentence, as this appears to be a poor investment decision of private funding rather than government instead?
Yet again it seems like you have to much opinion and not enough common sense allow for a sensible view as you are to busy trying to belittle the local government.
They aren't, it would seem very good at what they do but surely not everything requires you to publicly slate them. Does it?
[quote][p][bold]Rita Jelfs[/bold] wrote: Oops, delete the last sentence, as this appears to be a poor investment decision of private funding rather than government instead?[/p][/quote]Yet again it seems like you have to much opinion and not enough common sense allow for a sensible view as you are to busy trying to belittle the local government. They aren't, it would seem very good at what they do but surely not everything requires you to publicly slate them. Does it? Evesham justice league
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2:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

head thumper wrote:
Rita Jelfs I suggest before you make yourself look any more foolish by calling the Solar Farm a poor investment decision you research your facts sweetheart.
That hit raw nerve didn't it. I haven't notice your cocky comments to be any less foolish so far, boy. Are you selling the solar panels, is that why you're so irritated? The investors in this scheme might end up pretty irritated that they didn't invest in wind power instead? Since you claim to know much more, perhaps you can educate me on whether the costs/benefits were done by an independent evaluation of the investment decision. What was the cost/benefit ratio? What alternative investment decisions were offered to investors eg wind power- if at all?
Evesham Justice League. On the contrary, I applaud the local government for having the financial 'nouse' to not put any taxpayers money into this private decision. Just because Wychavon approves, its not their commercial decision, just their planning decision. There is a difference.
[quote][p][bold]head thumper[/bold] wrote: Rita Jelfs I suggest before you make yourself look any more foolish by calling the Solar Farm a poor investment decision you research your facts sweetheart.[/p][/quote]That hit raw nerve didn't it. I haven't notice your cocky comments to be any less foolish so far, boy. Are you selling the solar panels, is that why you're so irritated? The investors in this scheme might end up pretty irritated that they didn't invest in wind power instead? Since you claim to know much more, perhaps you can educate me on whether the costs/benefits were done by an independent evaluation of the investment decision. What was the cost/benefit ratio? What alternative investment decisions were offered to investors eg wind power- if at all? Evesham Justice League. On the contrary, I applaud the local government for having the financial 'nouse' to not put any taxpayers money into this private decision. Just because Wychavon approves, its not their commercial decision, just their planning decision. There is a difference. Rita Jelfs
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