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Sun-powered dairy plan for farm

28th April 2013 @ 7:07am – by AudlemOnline Reporter
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An Adderley farming couple is hoping for plenty of blazing summer sunshine this year.

They plan to install solar panels in the farmyard to help power up their dairy farm

Brian & Carol Weaver have applied for planning consent to install free-standing solar PV modules on agricultural land at Rooms Farm, near Adderley.

Their application to Shropshire Council says the move will help to cut costs and reduce emissions on the farm, in line with the government green energy policies.

They hope to install an array of south-facing solar panels on a concrete plinth near existing farm buildings.

A design statement prepared by Oswestry-based Roger Parry & Partners says: "My clients are obviously responsible for all of the farm and business units' energy requirements so the anticipated annual output of 50kW from the solar array will, if approved, be a welcome and high proportion of their annual energy needs. It is a high annual output as this is a dairy unit with high energy demands."

The statement adds: "The adoption of a micro solar photovoltaic array will contribute greatly to both the ethos of the property owners and the thrust of government policy in respect of renewable energy. The array will provide an innovative solution to the energy demands of the site whilst reducing carbon emissions."

Comments on the proposals are invited by May 14th and the application is expected to be determined by June 17th.


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