Why we should enthusiastically back solar farms in the countryside As far as the prospect of solar farms in the countryside are concerned, I simply say ‘the more the merrier’. I must confess to be dismayed at the attitudes of some environmentalists who don’t like solar farms in the countryside. Surely if we are facing a climate crisis then we should do our best to welcome cheap, clean, energy sources. And large scale solar farms that are now being proposed in quite large capacities are coming in very cheap to the extent that they are being developed on a ‘subsidy free’ basis. Solar farms already constitute a very important contribution to renewable energy in the UK. A little over half of UK based solar electricity is generated from them, the rest coming from domestic solar installations or on commercial properties. I do often hear the refrain ‘they should put the panels on roofs, not on farmland’ – too often as far as I am concerned.
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