PLANS for state-of-the-art solar panels at the award winning Victorian greenhouse producer Alitex’s Harting base have been given the thumbs up by South Downs National Park Authority planners.
At a meeting, the planning committee voted to give Alitex permission for 208 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of its main factory building.
Voting in favour of the plan members stipulated that all the trees around the factory should be retained and there would be no felling during the development.
In a report to members planning officers said the factory used a significant amount of energy including 150,000 Whrs of electricity a year.
The solar panels would generate some 30 per cent of the annual electricity needed for the building.
Officers said the installation of the panels would help meet national targets relating to the generation of energy from renewable sources.
Recommending permission they added: “The environmental benefits outweigh any visual harm associated with the installation of solar panels.”