Farmer wants to go solar to cut power bill
FARMER David Jewell plans to soon be harvesting the power of the sun alongside his arable crops.
Arlingham-based Mr Jewell is proposing to plant 208 solar panels in a field where he has ample space between buildings on his land at Passage Farm.
The farmer knows what it feels like to endure ever-spiralling electricity bills. He said: "It is a financial thing. I am a farmer, so you have to be pretty green-minded."
There will be four 26m-long rows of solar panels if Mr Jewell gets planning permission from Stroud District Council. He added: "It is not a huge area. It is 53Kw, which isn't a lot when you think a kettle is 3Kw"
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Arlingham Parish Council clerk Andrea Welby said her members were quite happy with the idea, especially if the panels were behind a screening hedge as was Mr Jewell had suggested.