Having written the previous article about solar or nuclear, I thought I'd better check my facts and I came across a very interesting book called Sustainable Energy - without the hot air (available free online) by the late Professor David MacKay from the University of Cambridge and Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.... Continue Reading →
An article on 'the energyst' shows that not all solar companies think that town-sized solar power stations are the way to go...
When Cleve Hill’s industrial scale solar farm was proposed on the open landscape of the North Kent Marshes Declan Wiffen felt quite conflicted.
The developers now expect to fit more than 1 million panels onto the 400-hectare site. “We just realised how much more we could get on the site for an east-west layout,” Hive’s Hugh Brennan said.
Despite the rapid increase in solar farms, little research has been conducted on their impact on biodiversity or ecological implications. The majority of research found was commissioned by renewable companies, and no research was found on solar panels positioned with dual orientation. This clearly demonstrates that more focussed research is required.
Have a look at this video of what a 300MW solar park could look like. It's still smaller than the 350MW monster planned for Graveney, but it shows a visual of the sort of thing that could be coming.