Anger as solar farm to power London built 120 miles away

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Almost 100,000 solar panels are being installed on 75 acres of rolling countryside near the village of Spetisbury. But the electricity the farm will produce – enough to power 15,000 homes – is not for locals.

The green energy will be channelled 120 miles to London’s Square Mile where it will power office buildings such as the Gherkin and the Guildhall in a £400million contract with French firm Voltalia.

The City of London Corporation, which runs the capital’s financial district, funded the site’s construction in Dorset in return for all the electricity it makes. Dorset Council gave the go-ahead.

But Rupert Hardy, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “We would far prefer energy produced in our county to be used here – especially when it is desecrating our beautiful landscape.”

Simon Holt of Voltalia UK said: “We carefully consider the potential impact of a project.”

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