‘We aim to cause min­i­mal dam­age to en­vi­ron­ment’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - County Show -

Green Switch So­lu­tions’ head of mar­ket­ing So­phie Hat­ton said: “This site is cur­rently at the stage of a fea­si­bil­ity as­sess­ment and in the ini­tial stages of de­vel­op­ment.

“An en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment is re­quired, the ex­act scope of which will be de­tailed by the coun­cil and done by our­selves.

“Once we have th­ese re­sults and those re­gard­ing elec­tri­cal grid con­nec­tion, we de­cide whether the site is vi­able.

“If it be­comes per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment, we will en­gage with any con­cerned par­ties. Green Switch So­lu­tions strives to make each de­vel­op­ment vi­able for the cus­tomer as well as the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We fre­quently work with wildlife in­ter­est and con­ser­va­tion groups to pre­serve lo­cal flora and fauna.

“When­ever we de­velop a so­lar park, we re­tain the hedged bor­ders and aim to cause min­i­mal dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment. In fact, so­lar farms ac­tively en­cour­age and en­able wildlife to thrive.

“Be­ing lo­cated in re­mote ar­eas that re­main rel­a­tively un­touched for 25 years, gen­eral op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance oc­cur to main­tain panel ef­fi­ciency.

“At the end of the 25-year pe­riod, the site can con­tinue to pro­duce re­new­able en­ergy or be re­turned to its for­mer state.”

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