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Cornish solar farms get go ahead

Cornwall is soon to harness the suns rays to make energy on a large scale

Cornwall Council says it has already granted planning permission for four new solar farms in Cornwall, with a further five undergoing consultation.

This decision could give the green light for a wave of commercial solar power developments across the county.

Solar power is a fairly well established source of energy in parts of southern Europe and America.

In this country there has been a sudden interest as a result of the government's new feed-in tariffs.

California has already embraced the  renewable resource
California has already embraced the renewable resource

This tariff is one of the main reasons why so many companies are now looking into setting up such large scale solar farms.

With the highest level of sunshine in the UK, the county is likely to see many more developments in the coming months and years.

Solar producers from around the world are also queuing up to take advantage of tariffs, which are in part supported by us the taxpayer, but the sooner they start to build the more profit they are likely to make according to some commentators.

Vickery Holman's Head of Development Services, Greg Oldreive explains, "To benefit from the feeding tariffs to the full extent you really need the farms to be connected to the grid by April 2013, so the over the next 12 months really it will be when people are going to make it or they're not going to make it."

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