Good News! So far 62 people from the One World Fair and 71 people from the on line petition have signed up to say they support the Worminster Down Solar Array….so over 130 people have said ‘Yes’ in just three days!! Many many thanks.
If you did not manage to get to the One World Fair but would like to sign the petition in support of the Worminster Solar Array, please use this link.
At the One World Fair, we collected 62 signatures from people in favour of the Worminster Down Solar Array, North Wootton. We were supported by Ben Davies, a North Wootton resident who, as well as most others in the village, support the Good Energy proposal to erect a 15MW solar on Worminster Down. Good Energy’s planning application for the solar array was refused and a demonstration of local support is crucial to their decision on whether or not to appeal. The planning application was refused partly due to a group based in Croscombe set up against the proposal. However, the site could generate enough energy for 3,400 homes, which is equivalent to 71% of homes in Wells. Furthermore, Good Energy will support the wildlife through planting hedges and trees and installing bat and bird boxes. The site is not used for crops and only sheep graze on the stoney land and will continue to do so after the solar array is in place, using the panels as places to shelter from the rain. The site is perfect in many ways as it’s not visible from the village or from nearby roads, but is also at the top of a hill so well placed for generating lots of energy. Good Energy will pay £15K (£1K per MW) a year to the local community for their own local projects as a direct community benefit.
As you know Transition Wells support renewable energy, seeing this form of energy generation as being gentler on the planet than fossil fuels or nuclear energy and as helping to create sustainable communities and so securing a better future for our children and grandchildren.
We heard at the Energy Day that if Good Energy’s Worminster Down solar array application is successful it will generate the equivalent energy for 71% of homes in Wells, and thus making a significant contribution to improving energy security, whilst also being a clean and safe source of energy. However, the initial application has been refused and Good Energy are currently considering an appeal. People of Wells, please wake up to the energy issue, think about the legacy you want to leave your children and grandchildren.
Transition Wells carried out a survey of its distribution list (over 100 people) and found overwhelming support for solar arrays (68%) and wind turbines (64%) on the Mendips compared to fracking (26%). The results of which were shared with the Wells Journal. It is true what Kate Glascott says (letter 2nd October), those against renewable energy have far more coverage than those in favour. Small groups of people have been successful in stopping wind turbines on the Mendips and now perhaps the Good Energy solar array on Worminster Down. However, this does not reflect the views of everyone. We all use energy and therefore must take responsibility for how it is generated. Imagine what a fracking site will look like on the Mendips. If not solar arrays and wind turbines we must accept nuclear, fossil fuels and fracking, which are harmful to the planet. Transition Wells make representations in favour of renewable energy planning applications. Join us if you want to strengthen our position in supporting such applications by adding your name to our distribution list. Just get in touch with us below…
More than 300 people came to our event at Wells Town Hall on Saturday to learn more about renewable energy. We are all very grateful to everyone who supported the event especially the stimulating group of speakers and the diverse range of exhibitors.
Chris Briton, Mayor of Wells, opened the event with gusto and thanked Bill MacKay for his long standing commitment to the Transition movement within Wells. One of the highlights of the event was Wendy Stephenson, CEO from The Converging World, who gave an inspirational talk about their renewable energy projects in India and how this will potentially make a difference to the lives of 1 million people by providing electricity in remote areas while at the same time saving 41,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This was a good news story at a time when there seems to be so much bad news in the press. A short film of the event will soon be available on here on this website but you can check out Wendy’s presentation here