Last week, we held a residents’ consultation event where we met with locals who were supportive of the proposed solar park to be developed at Salutation Farm, bordering the A40 between Witney and Eynsham. Residents made positive comments about the proposed 13.4MW park on a 64 acre site that could power around 4,000 homes.
Solarcentury’s new partnerships with Habitat Aid and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust were also warmly received. The partners will assist Solarcentury with the development of bio-diverse wildflower meadows at solar parks. Reversing the decline of the British bumblebee, and other invertebrates such as butterflies, is becoming an increasingly pressing issue as numbers continue to dwindle and two bumblebee species have already been declared extinct.
Tom Illsley, Project Developer, Solarcentury, said, “Public consultations are an important opportunity for us to seek the support of local residents and for us to highlight the many benefits of producing clean, carbon free solar energy. They also enable us to explain the steps we take to enhance the ecology of the sites we develop and limit the impact of our solar farms on the character of the local area.
It’s an effective way of engaging with local residents and allows us to cut through the negative rumor and speculation that increasingly circulates the development of solar projects, and have a balanced and informed conversation with local people.”
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