Balcombe solar project welcomed by Greens

Green MP Caroline Lucas at a fracking protest in Balcombe in 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas at a fracking protest in Balcombe in 2013

Green MP Caroline Lucas has welcomed a decision to give the go-ahead to what she calls a ‘brilliant’ solar project in Balcombe.

Speaking after the decision was made by the local planning committee the MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “It is great news that this project has been given the go-ahead. This solar installation will be locally owned, wildlife-friendly and a real asset to the community.

“Balcombe is showing how things can be done differently – to the benefit of local people. Brilliant projects like this really do highlight the prospects of community-owned renewables projects.

“I hope Government ministers have their eyes on Balcombe today – and that the huge success there persuades them of the urgent need to rethink their short-sighted cuts to support for Britain’s renewables industry.”

In response to this afternoon’s planning decision which approved Repower Balcombe’s solar farm bid, Keith Taylor Green MEP said: “Whether the Government likes it or not, communities across the country are coming together to take back control of their energy supply.

“Today’s planning decision will allow Repower Balcombe to fulfill their goal of meeting Balcombe’s energy requirements entirely from solar energy. This sends a strong message to the rest of the UK that a community owned renewable energy revolution is both feasible and practical.

“In this context, the Government’s decimation of renewable energy subsidies only serves to isolate the UK from the future of energy generation. It’s frustrating that the Tories still seem to be stuck in the past when it comes to energy policy.”