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The number of solar farms in the South East is set to soar.
One of the latest could cover 66 acres and is planned for Great Tong Farm, South of Maidstone. Campaigners say it will ruin the local environment. But those in favour - feel we've got to produce more renewable energy.
The number of solar farms are increasing. In the south east region - so far, 44 have been built; 45 are under construction or awaiting construction - and planning applications are in for a further 37.
The developers of the site at Tong Farm told us :
"We believe that solar energy supports rural communities and we consult at every stage of the process."
Sarah Saunders spoke to Shellina Prendergast from Protect Our Weald; Hilary Newport from the Campaign for Rural England and Paul Barwell form the Solar Trade Association.
As planning applications for new solar farms soar, proposals for one of the country's largest solar developments is meeting stiff local opposition.
The solar farm would cover 66 acres at Great Tong Farm near Maidstone.
At a public meeting tonight, residents and industry representatives will air their views.
ITV Meridian spoke to local resident Shellina Prendergast.