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Solar energy coming to Isle of Wight

Wed 27 Oct 2010

Solar energy coming to Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight could be about to become one of the UK's most sustainable places after a group of solar power farms were announced.

Isle of Wight energy expert Roy Barclay has formed Island Energy and is hoping to build a 20-acre site near Bardon Vectis's Blackwater Quarry.

It is thought that the power generated at the site would be enough for more than 1,000 households on the Isle of Wight.

German firm Kronos has also recently announced plans to bring solar power plants to the Isle of Wight, with planned sites for Durrants Farm in Porchfield and Wacklands Farm at Newchurch.

Mr Barclay told the Isle of Wight County Press that £15 million of investment is already in place for his planned solar farm.

He explained that a consultation will be held on November 4th 2010 at Arreton Community Centre, where Isle of Wight residents can offer their opinions on the development.

Much of the island's power is supplied by Wight Energy, a local company formed five years ago.

Posted by Steph White ADNFCR-3083-ID-800160956-ADNFCR

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