Futures Forum: Solar Plan for Sidmouth: yet another application rejected
Most of these proposals are from developers/larger companies outside the area in question - and it is not always clear how the local community would benefit:
Futures Forum: Proposed new solar farm in Exmouth: public consultation: Tuesday 18th August: questions about community benefit...
Futures Forum: Solar farms and community sweeteners
However, solar energy is a source which can be exploited 'locally':
Futures Forum: “Solar energy has a very broad implication. It falls over the entire earth. It’s very decentralized. If energy can be picked up from any point on the Earth, it suggests to you that you don’t need central mechanisms; that you can produce important things at a local level.” Thus “the Sun says ‘freedom.’ ”
And it is a source which could be owned and managed locally:
Futures Forum: Council-run solar farms – a new trend?
Futures Forum: "In most other countries, renewable energy projects are owned by local communities: and so there's a huge groundswell of support for them."
Futures Forum: Community Energy Coalition
In fact, there is more support for solar:
Futures Forum: "Public consistently backs solar over shale."
One community which is trying to turn its back on fracking is Balcombe:
Futures Forum: Balcombe: making a community self-sufficient in electricity
This is a report just out from the 10:10 campaign group:
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Balcombe celebrates permission to build solar park (From The Argus)
Balcombe solar project welcomed by Greens - West Sussex County Times