Letter of the week discusses Mallard Pass Solar Farm
Ever since the first meeting at Ryhall Village Hall in November, Windel Energy and Canadian Solar have been working on ‘mitigation’. In other words, since the beginning of this project they have been trying to make their project less ‘unpalatable’. They have had to do this because it has always been clear that covering field after field with 3.3m high frames covered with black glass panels is a terrible desecration of our local countryside, and an industrialisation of a large area of agricultural land around Essendine, Braceborough and Carlby. While such developments and plans are being advanced in other parts of the country, this one is a substantially bigger solar project than any others in the country.
The matter of visual impact and the health of our countryside which links in with personal well-being are at the centre to my response to the Mallard Pass project. I still view this project very negatively.
At the second stage meetings earlier in this month, there was a more detailed plan for land use. 463 hectares are intended to be covered in panels, 420 hectares are to be managed for mitigation, and 23 hectares are for access. This is still to be delivering the same amount of energy as the original plan so this does not really suggest any substantial improvement in land use; it merely indicates that plans were fluid and that substantial allowance had already been made for mitigation.