Work gets started on 27-hectare solar farm site

David Massey (81) from Warsash  

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WORK has started on a 27-hectare solar farm site between Fareham and Gosport.

Lorries have been moving on to the site, off Tanners Lane, and a one-way system has been set up along Tanners Lane, exiting on Peak Lane, to cope with the traffic.

The solar farm will be called Newlands Solar Farm, after nearby Newlands Farm.

Initial ground work and site set-up started this week by UK company Vogt Solar, which has a parent company IB Vogt based in Germany.

The company predicts that, once built and connected, the solar farm at Newlands will generate enough energy to power 5,500 homes per year.

Construction of the farm is expected to last 12 weeks.

It will take place in six stages, including preparing the ground, laying cables, installing the panels, and connecting them to the National Grid.

Sue Sutcliffe from Vogt Solar said: ‘Our aim is always to minimise disturbance during construction. If there are any problems or hiccups, we are asking people to get in touch so that we can act quickly and resolve any issues effectively.’

Mrs Sutcliffe said: ‘The site at Newlands is in our care for the 25 years of the solar farm’s lifetime.

‘We take that responsibility seriously and are committed to sound, ecological stewardship of the land for the generation to come.

‘The solar panels cover less than half the land and, on the remaining area, we intend to create important new wildlife habitats. The site will also be used to graze sheep.’

Vogt Solar will be planting hedgerows and shrubs, as well as putting up nesting boxes. But the solar farm has faced opposition.

Fareham Crofton ward county councillor, Christopher Wood, said: ‘I have already received one complaint about this site.

‘If any resident has any complaints I would urge them to get in touch. I am not prepared to put up with disruption on my ward.’

To contact Vogt Solar call 0800 0352874 or e-mail newlands@vogtsolar.co.uk