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Potential solar farm sites named

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: October 07, 2010

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A SOLAR farm could be created in Mawnan Smith.

A formal planning application has yet to be submitted, but four potential sites have been identified.

These are all at Boskensoe and Higher Tregarne Farms, although only one will be developed.

CSA Architects is acting as agent and lead consultants for German company Aee Renewables PLC.

The solar farm site would cover between 10 and 14 hectares, depending on which site is developed.

It would have the potential to provide up to 5MW of renewable energy, powering about 3,300 homes.


The company is also looking at a site in Tregavethan.

Mawnan Smith was chosen mainly due to "land availability" but the company did not wish to comment further at this stage.

Cornwall Council granted permission for the first solar farm last month, a 1.55MW park at the former Wheal Jane site outside Truro.

The council believes the enthusiasm to set up photovoltaic energy sites could see as much as £1 billion invested in Cornwall.

More than 40 companies have expressed interest in setting up sites in Cornwall and a dozen firms have indicated they will be submitting planning applications.

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    Thomas Jermyn, Mawnan Smith  |  March 09 2011, 5:49PM

    Mawnan Smith as I have found out to my peril both from the County council and the Parish council "is an area of outstanding natural beuaty" ,not natural beauty but outstanding , which means from any footpath you will not be able to see anything that is unsitley ,I have seen the fields of solar panels in other countries and they are totally unsitley , i was involved in a project many years ago for BP at wyches Farm where oil on land was descovered , this land was natural beauty not outstanding natural beauty ,and we hid every tank , well head telemetry mast ,you cannot see anything but trees and fields , this was done for the environment in an area of natural beauty ! Why would anybody want to see the amazing countryside in or around Mawnan Smith destroyed by fields of Panels , the only people to benefit from this project would be Farmers , the company who gets the permission to install this type of venture , I know we would lose a lot of walkers who come to this area because of its natural beauty . Why would we want this , agricultural land would become comercial land and then building land ripe for developement . We have a wind farm already in Mawnan Smith from which the village does not benefit anything but a blot on the landscape , They are developing a wave hub in Plymouth which seems to be going to be successful , I also until my retirement was involved in Geothermal projects in Germany and Holland the villages and towns who installed this system also had a substantial holding in the profit from this ,not only in cheap electricity and hot water but money from the energy sold on to the national grid .This system has a marginal footprint . Not like a hillside of solar panels .

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