Semington man captures extent of Broughton Gifford solar farm

Wiltshire Times: John Phillips' view of the solar panels at Broughton Gifford John Phillips' view of the solar panels at Broughton Gifford

As solar farms become an ever-familiar sight across Wiltshire, amateur photographer John Phillips snapped this bird’s eye view over Broughton Gifford.

His picture, taken from a 1947 three-seater Auster aircraft, shows the 22-hectare development being installed off Norrington Lane in the village.

Mr Phillips, from Semington, regularly takes to the skies in his friend’s plane, and he said: “We happened to be flying by and I was snapping away and I saw the development.

“They do stand out, but if the sun isn’t on them they do tend to look from a distance like a lake.

“They don’t show if you are driving along a road, but if you get a bit of height it would really stand out, so I can see people’s concerns with it.”

Installation work on the solar farm, which when completed will provide enough power for 2,700 homes, has been under way since March, and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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12:38pm Fri 30 May 14

sporty2 says...

Personally I don't have a problem with them apart from the one on the M4 near Swindon which is an accident waiting to happen as they've not screened them from the motorway. We came back from Swindon when the sun was out and they dazzle you. We've just had one put in in Westbury and like the farmer said, people are moaning but they still want to put the kettle on, switch on the tv etc but they don't stop and think where is that electricity coming from!
Personally I don't have a problem with them apart from the one on the M4 near Swindon which is an accident waiting to happen as they've not screened them from the motorway. We came back from Swindon when the sun was out and they dazzle you. We've just had one put in in Westbury and like the farmer said, people are moaning but they still want to put the kettle on, switch on the tv etc but they don't stop and think where is that electricity coming from! sporty2
  • Score: 14

2:07pm Fri 30 May 14

the optimist says...

With regard to the comment:-

“They don’t show if you are driving along a road, but if you get a bit of height it would really stand out, so I can see people’s concerns with it.”

Just how many people do you think are lucky enough to own a balloon or plane to get high enough to see this view?

I did wonder if Mr Phillips is just showing off and shouldn't he have his hands on the controls instead of the camera?
With regard to the comment:- “They don’t show if you are driving along a road, but if you get a bit of height it would really stand out, so I can see people’s concerns with it.” Just how many people do you think are lucky enough to own a balloon or plane to get high enough to see this view? I did wonder if Mr Phillips is just showing off and shouldn't he have his hands on the controls instead of the camera? the optimist
  • Score: 7

4:49pm Fri 30 May 14

WiltshireGlory says...

What a waste of perfectly good farmland & how devastating for the people of Broughton Gifford to have 2 massive solar farms approved and another one in the pipeline. With nearly 200 acres planned by developer for this village their rural idyll has turned into an industrial zone.
What a waste of perfectly good farmland & how devastating for the people of Broughton Gifford to have 2 massive solar farms approved and another one in the pipeline. With nearly 200 acres planned by developer for this village their rural idyll has turned into an industrial zone. WiltshireGlory
  • Score: -19

7:19pm Fri 30 May 14

melkshamwizard says...

still cannot understand why they are not put on building roofs,the only reason i can think of is that the people putting them in wont make huge profits,nobody will put all those panels in without a huge profit so its going to be the consumer that picks up the bill,just imagine how many panels it needs to supply this country,
still cannot understand why they are not put on building roofs,the only reason i can think of is that the people putting them in wont make huge profits,nobody will put all those panels in without a huge profit so its going to be the consumer that picks up the bill,just imagine how many panels it needs to supply this country, melkshamwizard
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Sat 31 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I bet they'd stand out if you climbed up an electricity pylon and looked.
I bet they'd stand out if you climbed up an electricity pylon and looked. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -3

9:19am Mon 2 Jun 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them. As has been stated, this solar farm cannot be seen from the ground but people still take the oportunity to object. I see no problem in them. The farmer is farming energy instead of crops or livestock, and making a contribution to reducing our need to rely on other counries. In an uncertain world it is best not to be reliant on countries such as Russia who could jack up the price or just switch off the supply.
It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them. As has been stated, this solar farm cannot be seen from the ground but people still take the oportunity to object. I see no problem in them. The farmer is farming energy instead of crops or livestock, and making a contribution to reducing our need to rely on other counries. In an uncertain world it is best not to be reliant on countries such as Russia who could jack up the price or just switch off the supply. Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 11

1:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them"

Is that the voice of experience...?
"It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them" Is that the voice of experience...? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 0

4:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Hilperton Man says...

the optimist wrote:
With regard to the comment:-

“They don’t show if you are driving along a road, but if you get a bit of height it would really stand out, so I can see people’s concerns with it.”

Just how many people do you think are lucky enough to own a balloon or plane to get high enough to see this view?

I did wonder if Mr Phillips is just showing off and shouldn't he have his hands on the controls instead of the camera?
If you had read what Mr Phillips had said, we happened to be flying by and he was snapping away.
[quote][p][bold]the optimist[/bold] wrote: With regard to the comment:- “They don’t show if you are driving along a road, but if you get a bit of height it would really stand out, so I can see people’s concerns with it.” Just how many people do you think are lucky enough to own a balloon or plane to get high enough to see this view? I did wonder if Mr Phillips is just showing off and shouldn't he have his hands on the controls instead of the camera?[/p][/quote]If you had read what Mr Phillips had said, we happened to be flying by and he was snapping away. Hilperton Man
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them"

Is that the voice of experience...?
You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "It's like being offended by your neigbours undressing in front of you, but you need to lie on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom to see them" Is that the voice of experience...?[/p][/quote]You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment. Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 2

1:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Augustus Winthrop says...



The audacity of Mr.Phillips is beyond belief. How dare he criticize a development which may help the environment whilst he swans around for another jolly burning fossil fuels for fun.

Nothing worse than a hypocrite.
[Mr Phillips, from Semington, regularly takes to the skies in his friend’s plane, and he said: “We happened to be flying by and I was snapping away and I saw the development.] The audacity of Mr.Phillips is beyond belief. How dare he criticize a development which may help the environment whilst he swans around for another jolly burning fossil fuels for fun. Nothing worse than a hypocrite. Augustus Winthrop
  • Score: 0

12:16am Fri 6 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"Nothing worse than a hypocrite."

Oh, I don't know... what about a mad axe murderer?
"Nothing worse than a hypocrite." Oh, I don't know... what about a mad axe murderer? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -1

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