As we enter another month, another planning application is submitted for a utility-scale solar park. This time the location is Somerset; the application for the 10 acre park submitted to Taunton Deane Council this week.

The photovoltaic park will be built on the 10 acres of land located at Sandhill Park, neat Bishops Lydeard. The system will be made up of approximately 7,000 panels capable of generating around two million kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power 600 homes – and offsetting some 130 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Solar Power South spokesperson Mark Crosby says that recent consultation with people in Bishops Lydeard produced some very positive responses.

“The feedback we received from people who attended our recent planning exhibition was overwhelmingly supportive.

“I think most people understood that we have to take serious steps to secure our future energy needs and start meeting the UK’s renewable targets.

“Somerset has a nationally important role to play in meeting that objective,” Crosby concluded.