On the edge of the solar dream

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On the edge of the solar dream

This article is written by one of our local residents. It describes very well how the Cleve Hill proposal is much more than, and in fact nothing like, your typical solar park. Romantics can see the beauty of the ‘solar… Continue Reading →

“Tell your MP to stop the government’s daylight robbery” says 10:10’s Support Solar campaign

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Our Save Graveney Marshes campaign has always been clear that we support solar as an energy source, but not at the cost of the environment. This means, amongst other places, putting solar on rooftops. Join 10:10, Greenpeace and others in telling the government what you think about retaining the export tariff incentive - details below:
daylightrobbery_fbad1If you’re a fan of solar power, nine out of ten Brits are on your side. If you want your own panels, two thirds are with you. But over the last few years the government has removed support for solar wherever it can. Incredibly, the government is now planning to stop guaranteeing that people will be paid for the surplus energy their solar panels produce. Instead, in effect, the power will be donated for the energy companies to sell on. People installing solar after March next year will be left empty handed. Meanwhile millions of pounds go to fossil fuels. That isn’t just unfair. It’s quite literally daylight robbery - and it’s terrible news for the solar industry. We could have as little as the next fortnight to turn this around. Write to you MP now and tell them they need to take urgent action. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
via Support Solar — 10:10 download

Our Save Graveney Marshes campaign has always been clear that we support solar as an energy source, but not at the cost of the environment. This means, amongst other places, putting solar on rooftops. Join 10:10, Greenpeace and others in… Continue Reading →

Green Party ‘fighting the proposed huge 1000 acre solar farm’

Great to see the continued support from our local Green Party. This leaflet came through the letterbox a few days ago and articulates the arguments against the massive solar power station incredibly well. Key points: It is essential that we… Continue Reading →

Whitstable Information Event – Saturday 27th October

The Graveney Rural Environment Action Team is holding an Information Event in Whitstable on Saturday 27th October from 11am to 3pm at The Horsebridge Centre. Please come along to find out more about the proposed solar power station. We’ll have… Continue Reading →

How the government is undermining solar – again | Greenpeace UK

In our campaign against a huge industrial solar power station, we have carefully explained that we're not anti-solar. Indeed, we believe that solar, done well, should be supported. Placing solar on brownfield sites and on rooftops is the obvious way to go, rather than allowing speculators to destroy our green countryside. It's one of the differences between good solar and #dirtysolar. A recent article from Greenpeace shows that solar on rooftops is also well-supported by the public:
"A recent survey showed 62% of UK households want to install solar panels on their homes" via How the government is undermining solar - again | Greenpeace UK
But the article goes on to explain that the government is proposing scrapping a scheme that encourages this:
The government are proposing removal of the export tariff, the money given to householders with solar panels for the electricity they provide to the grid. This means that, without a replacement payment or policy, families wouldn’t sell the excess electricity they generate, they’d have to give it away. They’d effectively be subsidising the Big Five (formerly Six) by giving it to them to sell. Those wanting to do their bit for the new, clean technologies we need to save our climate will be handing their electricity as a free subsidy to the big multinationals, propping up the system we need to replace. The exact opposite of what subsidies are supposed to do.
If you're quick, you can sign the Greenpeace petition to tell the UK government that this is a terrible idea: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/stop-the-solar-attack

In our campaign against a huge industrial solar power station, we have carefully explained that we’re not anti-solar. Indeed, we believe that solar, done well, should be supported. Placing solar on brownfield sites and on rooftops is the obvious way to… Continue Reading →

Application date delayed again

Cleve Hill Solar Park developers overwhelmed by feedback and fail to meet their own application deadline. Application now not expected until 31 October 2018

‘Build Britain’s biggest solar farm elsewhere’

Great to see that Canterbury city councillors “have written to the Energy Secretary in a bid to halt plans for the UK’s largest solar park in their district.” Source Kent Online article ‘Canterbury councillors fighting solar farm plans in Graveney’… Continue Reading →

What needs to change to combat climate change?

A recent Vice.com article points out that cleaner technology is essential if we are to have any long term future, but it’s only one piece of a transition with potential to restructure our planet-ravaging economic system. The article asks people… Continue Reading →

Make it compulsory for all new homes in England and Wales to have solar panels

We’ve been clear that we’re in favour of renewable energy, and indeed we’re in favour of solar – done the right way and in the right place. This petition on gov.uk makes a lot of sense… https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/218223 Solar panels reduce… Continue Reading →

Black Winged Stilts successfully raised on North Kent Farms

From Carol Donaldson, a well known Environmental Consultant and published author, an article that shows how vital North Kent Farms are to the wildlife in the area. Note the reference to Oare Marshes which are right next door to Graveney,… Continue Reading →

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