Local residents have today received a very supportive letter from our local representative, Helen Whateley MP. The letter shows clearly her opposition to what is being proposed.
The Faversham Society has grave concerns about the negative environmental and amenity impact of the solar power station being proposed at Cleve Hill and across the surrounding marshes. There are alternative brownfield sites available, and distributed generation is both possible and more desirable.
Hive Energy told an industry audience last week that it believes technological improvements mean its planned Kent solar farm will have 14% more capacity than originally conceived. The Cleve Hill scheme could have a capacity of as much 400MW, the company said, compared to the UK’s current largest solar farm, a 72.2MW one in Wales. via UK heatwave helps solar power to record weekly highs | Environment | The GuardianSo, why the headline about profit? Surely there's nothing wrong with profit - it's an essential part of the economy? It's certainly one argument. But hang on a minute; the developers have continuously stressed to us that this scheme is not subsidised by government and that to make it financially viable, they have to work at this monstrous scale (despite the fact that other solar developments have already launched without subsidy at 5% of the size). They have asserted that because there is no subsidy, there is no ability to compensate local residents for the impact this will have on them. They have picked this area, not because it is the most suitable land, but because it is cheaper for them to degrade a greenfield site than it is to invest in improving a brownfield site. So, hearing that they will be able to make even more profit, whilst they continue their false assertions about the project drivers, is - in the view of this author, somewhat troubling. (EDITED 6/JUL/2018 to clarify the point about profit)
A recent news article shows that the developers are already looking forward to getting more energy out of the power station. Hive Energy told an industry audience last week that it believes technological improvements mean its planned Kent solar farm… Continue Reading →
If you haven’t yet read all 2,303 pages of the PEIR, then here are 46 easy-to-access snippets of content from the ‘Volume IIA Figures’ report.
The human eye can see much more than the camera, which is why many of the images that developers have used do not do the landscape any justice at all.
So we commissioned some drone footage to more clearly the scale and beauty of the site.