Solar farm plans to produce 5MW of power

Plans are now on display to build a 5MW solar farm, on the outskirts of Swindon, at Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, by owners Rupert and Joanna Burr.  

The project is said to be the largest eligible for support under the new Government incentive scheme known as the “Feed-In Tariff” announced last year.

Local residents and famers met yesterday to find out more about the £12m solar farm project, consisting of about 17,000 solar panels.

Christine Lutman, who has lived in Sevenhampton for 20 years, said: “I think this is something we need to do, if not for my generation but for the upcoming generations.”

Rupert, who has run the farm since 1992, said: “It is time that we started doing something.

“I look at places like Honda and the new B&Q site and they will obviously need a lot of electricity.

“There are opportunities for us all to work together – those who produce the energy for local needs, we hope to sell this energy in the Swindon area. It is very much a local initiative.”

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