PLANS are being drawn up to run a solar farm near Bishops Lydeard on solar power.

The project – believed to be the first of its kind in Somerset – is on 10 acres at Sandhill Park.

The solar farm would generate around 2million kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power 600 homes and offset 130 tonnes of CO2 annually.

A planning application is being prepared and Solar Power South, which is running the scheme, has held talks with Taunton Deane Council, Wessex Water, Western Power and Regen South West.

Project spokesman Mark Crosby said: “The feedback we’ve received so far has been very positive and supportive.

“We’re now planning to present our proposals to local residents so they can gain a more detailed insight into how the farm will operate.”

He added that the photovoltaic panels are silent, non-reflective, around two metres high and will be screened by new and existing hedges and trees.

Mr Crosby said: “The panels will be cutting-edge technology capable of generating electricity on the dullest of days and even from moonlight.

“Solar power is one of the cleanest, greenest and most efficient methods we can use to help reach 2020’s renewable energy targets.

“It doesn’t attract the sort of local controversy which is often linked with onshore wind-turbines, waste-to-energy plants and ‘wave’ farms.”

Solar Power South will unveil its plans in Bishops Lydeard Village Hall from 3.30pm to 8pm next Tuesday (October 12).

*The UK has a legally binding renewable energy target, committing the country to producing 15% to 20% of all energy consumed in transport, heat and power generation from renewable sources by 2020, compared to the current figure of 2%.