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Powerful plan for Gloucestershire solar farm

By BHawes  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

Vantage Point chairman Brian Bennett (left) and head of commercial Dorian Wragg

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A Forest of Dean business park could become one of the biggest in the UK to be powered solely by renewable energy.

Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean wants to go completely green by creating a solar farm with solar panels producing 100 per cent of its power.

Forest of Dean entrepreneur Brian Bennett, who rescued the site when Rank Xerox left in 2001 and created a thriving business centre, is passionate about the plan to make it carbon neutral.

He said solar power would provide Vantage Point with a secure and cheap power supply to more than 80 businesses on the 70 acres site.

And the wider community as a whole will also benefit with Mr Bennett pledging to provide free, green power to local community projects.

The scheme will initially create up to 50 new jobs but could also bring in many more firms and jobs helping to counter the problems caused by the area's 14,000 'outworkers', who commute daily to Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Mr Bennett said: "Having reviewed the technology available, I believe solar power is the only one that produces environmentally 100 per cent clean energy.

"There are no emissions, noise or carbon footprints. It is very benign technology and the amazing thing about solar is that the variation in energy production is only three per cent."

It would also ensure that businesses on Vantage Point would not be at the mercy of the Big Six energy suppliers.

The solar panels need very little maintenance and are black to absorb rather than reflect sunlight, so glare will not be an issue.

Some 30 per cent of Vantage Point Business Village's power is already supplied by solar panels.

The solar farm plan will be considered by members of Forest of Dean District Council's Development and Control Committee on Tuesday, January 21.

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  • jas37  |  January 16 2014, 8:27PM

    An impressive scheme which will hopefully be adopted at many other locations around the County.

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  • thestig2  |  January 16 2014, 6:50PM

    no one in mitcheldean wants this, thats why we all petitioned against it, why do we want the fields by use full of solor panels glaring at us all time. if you so want this do it in your own back yard where you live now in ours and spoil area. our house prices will drop as no one will want this staring 24/7

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