has announced plans to halt the explosion of solar farms we have
seen across the Somerset moors in the last two
need for renewable energy sources is incontrovertible but has the
Department of Energy & Climate Change (Decc)
managed solar development responsibly?
have announced plans to cut the guaranteed price (Feed in Tariff)
for electricity from large solar arrays from next April.
land owners who accept the solar panels are guaranteed around £1,000
per acre per annum for the next 25 years: that is nearly ten times
the rentable value of agricultural land on the moors.
companies financing the building of solar farms are expecting to
recoup their outlay inside three years and triple their investment
after ten (depending on when they made their investment).
business for the individuals involved but who is paying for all
this? You are - the ordinary British power consumer.
What we need is solar investment which develops the next generation
of solar panels. The current units will be obsolete many years before
the 25 year termination of the tariffs guaranteed to the present