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Cornwall to get first solar farm

Silicon Vineyard has been granted planning permission to build what could become Cornwall’s first operational solar energy farm.

Cornwall Council has given the renewable energy consultants permission to build the facility on a 4.5ha site at Benbole Energy Farm, between St Kew and St Mabyn near Bodmin.

The 1.8MW farm will provide up to 800 homes with green energy, and Silicon Vineyard has revealed construction could begin in January.

The firm plans to mount 800 solar panels no higher than 2.5 metres from the ground. The panels would be surrounded by a high hedge to ensure they are not an eyesore to residents living nearby.

A source at the council said: “Cornwall is at the forefront of this technology because of its geographical position, as the southernmost county in the UK.

“Such facilities get more hours of sunlight here than anywhere else in the country.”

Cornwall has a number of other solar energy farm proposals being considered by the local authorities.

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