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Large 33,000-panel solar farm considered for Cornwall
Add time:2012/6/14 Entry:admin Read:1595

Developers are considering building a 33,000-panel solar farm in Cornwall.

Kronos Solar is talking to farmer Paul Daniel about putting the solar farm across four acres of his land, north of Launceston.

The firm said it would make a decision within the next few weeks on making a planning application.

Germany-based Kronos has already developed solar parks at Summercourt near Newquay and Boyton near Launceston.

A spokesman said its investigations were at a "very early stage" and the location and size of any possible proposal had "not been decided".

He said the firm has been looking at land which was secluded, did not affect neighbours and complied with Cornwall Council's planning guidelines.

Trees screen

Mr Daniel, of Lower Wheatley Farm north of Launceston, said TB in his cattle and the need to diversify had prompted the move.

He said he would do everything he could to reduce the visual impact, including planting trees around the site.

He said: "Everyone needs energy. Everyone likes to go and switch their lights on, so why not?"

Cornwall already has 12 solar farms and there is permission for 24 more.

Adrian Lea, manager of Cornwall Council's natural resources planning team, said it would try to reduce the visual impact of any solar farm.

He said: "The green and pleasant land we have relies on imported energy.

"Cornwall pays over £1.4bn a year for its energy and studies indicate that between 3-4% of that remains in Cornwall.

"Cornwall is haemorrhaging cash for energy. We have an abundance of natural resources in solar and tidal to make our own energy.

"It is about balancing that to ensure we are as clean and green as possible without ruining our landscape."

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