Public meeting to show plans for solar initiative near Wedmore
A site northwest of Wedmore could become the village’s powerhouse in terms of green electricity.
Rows of community-owned solar panels may go into two paddocks, one north and one east, of Mill Farm, off Quab Lane. The solar rows would be screened by new hedging with security fencing, says Wedmore Community Power Company, which is showing its plans at a public meeting at Wedmore First School Academy on Thursday, January 10, at 7.30pm, followed by a short presentation at 8pm.
Wedmore-based renewable energy consultancy Rooftop has drawn up plans to set up the company and is being supported by Wedmore Green Group.
Robin Mewes, of Rooftop, said: “We hope as many local people as possible come along to the meeting to find out about this exciting opportunity which will enable Wedmore to generate its own renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint.”
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The scheme could power 300 local homes. It now needs a good response and planning consent and then investment from locals into a co-operative. A community solar power station on the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border raised more than £4 million in just six weeks.
Organisers believe the scheme will provide a return to investors and plough some of its profits back into the community in the form of grants for projects and amenities.
To find out more, visit www.wedmorecpc.co.uk.