Government Policy on Solar Farms based on “a few controversial and badly sited projects.”

Guardian.  Very true lets hope the Ellough case succeeds at JR quite the worst argued SoS decision in recent years.  The guidance makes the distinction between gerally flat and undulating countryside but the Ellough decision implied that if anyone could see the farm and complains it should be refused.   The decision not to subject the guidance to consultation (it includes a number of technical errors) seems increasingly bizarre.

“It’s very frustrating,” says Selwyn. “The government is making its whole policy based on just  few controversial and badly sited projects.” He says there was not a single planning objection to the Wymeswold farm and, until Ellough, Lark Energy’s success rate in getting planning approval was 100%.

As for critics, Selwyn says, those who claim glinting solar panels will blind their views forget that solar panels absorb light, not reflect it, while he argues that the £3.75m the solar farm earns each year in electricity sales and subsidy is a fair return on the £35m capital cost.

Ray Noble, co-chair of Decc’s solar strategy board, says: “If we put the solar farms on flat fields, low-grade land, away from houses and roads and get the screening right, no-one knows they are there. I reckon 85% are like that but a few overseas companies saw the opportunity and came in and put farms next to homes and on hills and that is what hit the press.”

.” He says there was not a single planning objection to the Wymeswold farm and, until Ellough, Lark Energy’s success rate in getting planning approval was 100%. As for critics, Selwyn says, those who claim glinting solar panels will blind their views forget that solar panels absorb light, not reflect it, while he argues that the £3.75m the solar farm earns each year in electricity sales and subsidy is a fair return on the £35m capital cost. Ray Noble, co-chair of Decc’s solar strategy board, says: “If we put the solar farms on flat fields, low-grade land, away from houses and roads and get the screening right, no-one knows they are there. I reckon 85% are like that but a few overseas companies saw the opportunity and came in and put farms next to homes and on hills and that is what hit the press.”

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