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    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Great Expectations For UK’s Biggest Solar Build

    UK's biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast; Subsidy-free plant would cover 900 acres of farmland near Great Expectations marshes at Faversham, dwarfing output of UK’s current largest solar site

    Adam Vaughan, 9 November 2017 (UK Guardian)

    “…[The proposed 350 MW Cleve Hill solar project, a short distanced from the childhood home of Pip in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations,] would have five times the capacity of the UK’s current largest solar farm and provide enough power for around 110,000 households if it comes online in 2020…[Its developers say] that falling technology costs and the economies of scale from supersizing the solar farm mean it will work without subsidies…[There are] concerns locally over the sheer scale of the project…Cleve Hill’s backers said public rights of way that run across the site would not be affected, and footpaths would not be permanently closed. They also promise to limit any impact on wildlife…The Kent Wildlife Trust said its main concern was about the impact on birds that live on its nature reserve adjacent to the site [but the solar developers say they will establish a mitigation area. Britain’s biggest existing solar farm] produces 69MW…” click here for more

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