Monday, 20 October 2014

Solar farms on green belt? No thanks.

I'm an environmentalist. That's why I'm not a fan of Solar installations on farm land.
I'll review my view of this once most of us have solar on well insulated home and office roofs, heat reclaim, heat stores and and wood chip burners or gasifiers.
The ROI on farm land is doing the wrong thing. Subsidising old money with council connections making money out of a policy designed to incentivise the public and businesses to make use of wasted roof space.
Wait fro the next phase when the same land owning families to use their solar farms as a launch pad for land owners to argue they should get planning permission for housing developments.
I don't have a problem with that, but the profit should be only in a mark up on construction. Not land value changes for planning permission, that should be completely realised as infrastructure contributions with a % for overpriced areas to invest in making low value areas more valuable.

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