Meanwhile, another solar farm takes shape...

OUTLINE The frames at the Newgate Lane solar farm. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133610-024)

OUTLINE The frames at the Newgate Lane solar farm. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133610-024)

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ONCE it’s built, it will generate enough energy to power 5,500 homes and will have sheep grazing underneath it.

The controversial 66-acre solar farm, on Newgate Lane, Fareham, is nearing completion as work continues to erect 90,000 solar panels.

The solar farm, called Newlands after the nearby farm, will stay on the fields on the strategic gap between Fareham and Stubbington for 25 years.

The site is expected to be finished by the end of February.

The company behind the plans, Vogt Solar, intends to carry out conservation work to protect hedgehogs, robins, stag beetles and sparrows.

A helpline has been set up to deal with any disruption on the site. Call 0800 0352874.

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