Residents asked to attend solar farm exhibition
A LARGE solar farm is being planned next to a wind farm near Truro.
The owners of Four Burrows Wind Farm, near Chiverton Cross, have written to more than 300 local residents inviting them to a public exhibition today .
RES wants to install a solar photovolatic farm with a capacity of 6.3MW, equivalent to the annual electricity demand of about 1,300 homes.
It has been running the wind farm for 15 years and wants to expand its operation, exploiting the Government's feed-in tariff.
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RES staff will discuss the scheme from 3pm to 7pm at Threemilestone Community Centre.
The firm is hoping to submit its final plans to Cornwall Council this autumn.
Project manager Tom Fewster said: "The South West has the highest levels of sunshine in the country ... Cornwall Council has made a clear commitment to encouraging renewable energy generation in order to contribute towards a more sustainable future.
"Four Burrows offers an excellent opportunity to combine two renewable technologies on a single site, and to increase the amount of renewable electricity being generated in Cornwall."
Letters went out in Kenwyn, St Agnes and Perranzabuloe Parish Councils.
Councillor Ron Cooke said Kenwyn favoured renewable energy schemes and he would like to see how they could benefit local people.
He praised operators REG Windpower, which is donating £48,000 a year to community causes from generating power at Goonhilly Wind Farm on the Lizard.
He said: "When I started out 20 years ago anything on the skyline was considered bad news. But things have changed.
"There are 106 agreements for large building schemes, where developers pay towards schools, roads and enhancing local amenities. I'm not sure if this would be viable for wind and solar farms but it's worth exploring.
"The issue for me is what happens to the ground underneath solar panels and whether it can be used for farming when they're removed.
"We also need to look at the cost of building such technology and how much power they generate over their lifetime."