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Solar panels installed at schools in village at centre of fracking protests

The village of Balcombe which was at the centre of protests against fracking has moved a step towards of becoming self-sufficient through renewable energy with the installation of solar panels at two schools. More than 50 local investors have helped pay for the panels which are being put up at Balcombe Primary School and Turners Hill School following a pilot scheme which 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, which would mean enough electricity produced to supply both Balcombe and West Hoathly.