By Callum Coleman, Policy Analyst, The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA)
Solar farms, when implemented in line with current planning requirements, are not unpopular, do not harm biodiversity, and do not use land to the detriment of food production. They also provide business rates for local governments, rural jobs, and a vital source of income for British farmers. So why is the government considering policy that would severely restrict solar farm development in England?
The director of a multi-million pound decommissioning study has voiced concern that any final decision over the removal of Shell’s Brent platform legs might ‘harden’ public perception toward his project.