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£1million solar project in Wedmore almost complete
1:30pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
THE GROUP behind a £1million community project to build a huge solar energy plant in Wedmore say it is almost complete.
The scheme includes two paddocks of 4,000 solar panels on land off Quab Lane to the north-west of the village and is being run by Wedmore Community Power Co-operative.
Vanessa Becker Hughes, from Wedmore Community Power Co-operative, said: “We aim to install the last of almost 4,000 solar photovoltaic panels this week and are delighted that everything is on target and going so well.
“We’re planning a big celebration when the solar plant starts supplying renewable energy to the grid later this month.”
The one-megawatt power plant will generate the same amount of electricity as 300 typical home solar arrays. Every year it will save around 450 tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be produced by burning fossil fuels.
Later this autumn, hedges of native species will be planted to provide additional screening around the paddocks.
Anybody who works on the site is entitled to buy £250 shares in the co-operative – the minimum investment reserved for residents in the Wedmore area.
Robin Mewes, one of the people behind the project, said: “More than 125 people have bought shares in the project and two thirds are from the local area.
“The total invested so far is £645,000, with just over £300,000 worth of shares still available and bonds also on offer.”
To find out more visit www.wedmorecpc.co.uk or follow the project on Facebook and on Twitter at @WedmoreCPC.