THE FLAWED CASE FOR SOLAR PV FARMS IN NORTH EAST SOMERSET
Even in sunny countries, solar PV farms only produce modest amounts of electricity considering the huge areas they consume. They don’t produce much electricity when it is cloudy and nothing at all at night when it is dark.
Solar output cannot be stored economically so solar PV farms are particularly ineffective in England where daytime skies are often overcast and we have long periods of darkness especially in winter when we need the power most.
So, do we want ugly, ineffective solar panels blighting the North East Somerset landscape?
Even if local residents don’t want them; that doesn’t mean they are not going to happen!
- Marksbury – Read more about the Marksbury site here
- Chelwood – Read more about the Chelwood site here
Piecing the jigsaw – the story so far ….
The fact is that all British local authorities are under pressure from the European Union to approve solar farms and there will be a lot more to come if we don’t oppose them
UKIP believes it is wrong to build solar farms on good quality farmland (Grade 3 and above). That means importing more food
The British public should not be subsidising solar farms through higher electricity bills
Solar energy may be a part of the ‘renewables mix’, but solar arrays should only be built on brown field sites, not prime agricultural land on the North East Somerset green belt because we need our farm land to produce our own food
The worrying consequences of ‘Green Energy’
- Solar farms are a huge threat to the spectacular North East Somerset countryside
- An explosion of solar farms will devastate the splendid Mendip Hills and all that we hold dear
- Our country side is already facing huge pressure. The UK population is expanding rapidly due to the unrestricted right of European people to live and work in the UK
- Relying on solar farms to produce energy means covering vast swathes of green belt with solar arrays (or maybe some wind farms as well). Even then, we would still need to rely on conventional energy sources at peak times and whenever the notoriously unreliable English weather stops providing sufficient sunlight
- These unsightly, inefficient and costly eyesores produce minuscule amounts of enormously pricey energy
- Solar farms require vastly more land per kilowatt of output than conventional energy generation and reduce farmland available for food production
- Solar energy is more expensive than conventional energy which means the cost of production goes up and our manufacturing industry becomes less competitive in world markets. This makes it more difficult to sell British products and adds to our economic difficulties
- The European Union forces us to subsidise green energy, such as solar and wind farms. This means higher costs to the consumer. This is undemocratic as our elected representatives have no say in the decision
- Green energy taxes are a burden on everyone, especially those on limited incomes
- Green energy taxes go to pay wealthy land owners, through renewable energy subsidies to rent their land for solar farms
- The only reason they are interested is because the return is guaranteed by the government for the next 30 years. It is a licence to print money. It is entirely possible that those promoting these developments may well stand to gain financially
- On a simplistic analysis, solar farms do seem like a great idea but on closer examination, they are not a viable or desirable source of energy in England
Video: High-fertility farmland for subsidised solar panels!
Speaker: Stuart Agnew MEP, UKIP
Video: Question: What’s the difference between wind farms and solar farms?
Answer: Not a lot!
Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP
Video: European policy is what’s driving up energy prices
Speaker: Roger Helmer MEP, UKIP