UK solar sector asks Truss for support

Sep 28, 2022 02:03 PM ET
  • Open letter replies to new PM's comments that PV projects are threat to food supply
UK solar sector asks Truss for support
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Solar Energy UK as well as ecological organisations have contacted the Prime Minister Liz Truss asking her to support solar farms.

In an open letter released today, Solar Energy UK as well as 18 various other organisations highlight exactly how solar farms are a crucial part of the solution to the energy as well as expense of living crisis.

The letter reacts to comments transformed the summer by the Prime Minister that solar farms are "materiel", asserting that they a threat to UK food supply.

Nevertheless, according to the letter, British solar energy and agriculture have actually gone together because the start of the UK solar market.

Farmers gain from both rooftop installations as well as ground-mounted solar farm projects, says the letter, keeping in mind that the solar sector works carefully with farmers and also landowners on their solar projects.

There are several benefits to solar farms, which assist defend UK and international food supply by dealing with environment adjustment.

According to Defra, the federal government's department for food as well as rural affairs, this makes up the best threat to domestic food protection.

Solar farms can offer an additional earnings stream for farmers, maintaining their services rewarding despite the cost-of-living crisis, while likewise supplying considerable neighborhood ecological benefits.

Well designed and also properly maintained solar farms have been revealed to support thriving wild animals habitats, supplying a series of biodiversity gains throughout of their life-span, the letter continues.

Sheep are commonly grazed around the panels, as well, it adds.

The solar market has actually established guidance to support the liable advancement of solar projects.

This includes Solar Energy UK's Natural Capital Best Practice report, developed in collaboration with the National Farmers' Union, ecological experts and also the college field.

It has actually been backed by Natural England, the federal government's consultant for the native environment in England.

Solar Energy UK has actually released a land use instruction describing the benefits of solar farms to the UK's agricultural field.

Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett stated: "The solar industry is a natural partner for countryside monitoring, and also I would certainly be delighted to come with the Prime Minister on a see to among the UK's several exceptional solar farms.

" She can see for herself just how their inexpensive, clean electrical power will aid to power the UK out of the cost-of-living crisis."

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