Dorset life preserved in solar farm time capsule

A time capsule has been buried at a solar farm near Alderholt to preserve what living in Dorset is like in 2016.

The capsule, to be opened in 30 years when the solar farm is decommissioned, included photographs of the modern day, honey from beehives located on site and drawings by local schoolchildren of what 2045 might be like.

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and chief executive of Good Energy, which owns the solar farm, included a heartfelt letter expressing her hope for the future.

She said: “I started Good Energy with a vision which was once quite radical but will hopefully be the norm when the capsule is unearthed.

“I’m optimistic that the attitude towards renewable energy in 2045 will be as warm as the local community have been in hosting this solar farm.”

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset said: "Good Energy is a first class example of a business and community working together. Solar plays a growing role in UK energy generation and the solar farm at Alderholt is to be welcomed."

The capsule was buried at an event to mark the launch of the £6,250 a year community fund Good Energy is providing for the 30-year life of the solar farm.

The fund will be managed by a committee of local people and put towards charitable projects in the area.

James Grazebrook, chair of the Alderholt Community Fund said: “It’s an amazing gesture by Good Energy to commit £200,000 over the lifetime of the solar farm to our new village community fund.

“This gives us some money every year, for 30 years, to support voluntary groups locally. The whole village is delighted and we’re actively seeking funding applications locally.”

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