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Letter: Yes To Solar Panels But On Roofs, Not On Farms Supplying Food

Published on: 14 Oct, 2022
Updated on: 14 Oct, 2022

From Jim Allen

In response to Guildford MP Supports University Of Surrey’s Solar Farm Plan

While I totally disagree with an unachievable and unrealistic Net Zero goal, I strongly support solar farms in principle. You can’t get carbon usage down to a reasonable level without them.

They should be on industrial and office roof tops, not taking up valuable and ever decreasing food supply land. They are slightly more expensive to install but they can be shade free and not take up areas of outstanding natural beauty, thus advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

So yes to solar panels but not on farms when roof space is available.

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Responses to Letter: Yes To Solar Panels But On Roofs, Not On Farms Supplying Food

  1. John Lomas Reply

    October 15, 2022 at 11:06 am

    While I agree that solar panels should not be used on food-producing arable land, there is a case for installing them on land such as is put over to wildflower use for pollinators, I have also seen them in use on fields where there are grazing smaller animals such as sheep and goats.

    No doubt an expert can tell us whether this reduces the number of animals that can use such a field.

  2. Ricky Sonn Reply

    October 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    They are already only being built on farm land that is not suitable for growing crops.

  3. David W Wragg Reply

    October 17, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    I agree – this is common sense. We have insufficient farm land for our population as it is.

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