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Biodiversity a key aspect of Somerset solar farm

22-01-2013 Biodiversity a key aspect of Somerset solar farm
Posted by Robert Shields

The company behind a new solar photovoltaic panel development in Somerset has claimed that the issue of biodiversity is an important part of its plans.

Lightsource Renewable Energy has rented some land from Higher Knapp Farm in Knapp, near Taunton, for a solar farm with the capacity to generate 1.5MW of electricity.

This is enough to power approximately 440 households, more than half of the parish of North Curry.

Environmental concerns have been at the heart of the planning process, according to Lightsource, with business development director Conor McGuigan saying the company is a strong advocate of optimising the opportunity a solar farm offers for enhancing local biodiversity.

"Higher Knapp Farm will not only benefit from a new hazel coppice, but a ... species-rich wildflower mix will be planted beneath and between the solar panel rows, creating a more diverse habitat," he commented.

The installation has been planned for the lower, most level areas of the land in order to reduce the visibility of the panels.
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