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Energy giants want to hear your views on plans for £11 million solar energy farm

Towersey could see the construction of a �11 million solar farm if plans are allowed to go ahead

Towersey could see the construction of a �11 million solar farm if plans are allowed to go ahead

An £11 million solar farm could be built near Thame if plans go through.

A 21 hectare site - in Stonepits on Windmill Road, Towersey - has been earmarked for the scheme which could power 3,000 homes.

Energy companies Luminous Energy and Beletric want to build the 10.3 megawatt farm over two fields on former arable farming land.

If plans are approved, the three-metre high panels will be put up over both fields for 25 years.

Director of Luminous Energy Jolyon Orchard said: “We’ve chosen the site because of its capacity and the lack of designation. It’s not in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or in a green belt.

“It needs to be this big to make the project financially viable. The cost of linking to the National Grid is very expensive, so we need to cover those costs. Local people’s views are very important to us and because this is in such early stages, we’d like to hear from them.”

The two companies are holding a community information evening in a bid to speak to locals and offering them a chance to voice their ideas and concerns.

Developers claim that the scheme could also offer a chance for people to invest in the new form of energy.

Residents can speak to the firms and ask questions about the project at an exhibition at Towersey Memorial Hall on April 23 from 4pm.

What do you think of the solar farm plans? Email your views to editorial@thamegazette.co.uk.

 

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