A few weeks ago, our heroes in Balcombe applied for permission to build a solar farm big enough to power the whole village (and the one next door). Our national Back Balcombe campaign has already attracted thousands of well-wishers for the one-time 'fracking village' that's going solar, so the team asked if we could get some comments from further afield to support their planning application.
And you did not disappoint!
From Northern Ireland to Orkney to Anglesey, over 800 of you wrote a message for the West Sussex planning officer, voicing your support for Balcombe's plan and solar power in general! You can see a bigger version of that map here.
It's not every day they get that much love for one project, so we collected all the comments together and sent them off in one big bundle. Here's a few of our favourites:
“How amazing that a community is coming together to power themselves with clean energy. Brilliant!”
“Low carbon, low environmental impact, community ownership, what's not to like?”
"Delighted to hear about the proposed solar farm at Chiddinglye, something of great benefit to the local people, as well as a new step towards a carbon-free future.”
Joe Nixon from Repower Balcombe told us how much hard work people in Balcombe had put into it. “It’s fantastic to see the level of support from people in Sussex and around the country. I’d like to thank everyone for their support. Hopefully we can inspire people everywhere to get stuck in and take control of their energy future.”
Locals love it too
Local views rightly carry more weight in decisions like these, and it's good news on that front too. The planners got 69 responses from the local area, with every single one in favour of the application.
The planners will make their final decision on the solar farm by September 16th. If they give it the go-ahead, the next step is to raise the money for all those panels!