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Solar panels installed on Balcombe primary schools

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The village of Balcombe which was at the centre of protests against fracking, has moved a step towards becoming self-sufficient for energy.

More than 50 local investors have helped pay for solar panels at Balcombe Primary School and Turners Hill School following a pilot scheme.

The scheme saw 69 panels installed on a cowshed at Grange Farm.

The village is also aiming to install a 5MW solar farm at nearby Chiddinglye Farm, West Hoathly.

The panels would provide enough electricity to supply both Balcombe and West Hoathly.

We are very happy to get solar panels up on Balcombe and Turners Hill primary schools.

The local kids returning from summer holidays will learn how solar energy works and attend lessons powered by the sun.

We are also excited about our plans for Chiddinglye Farm for a 5MW solar farm that will provide more clean energy to our community in sunny Sussex.

– Joe Nixon, Repower Balcombe