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A lovely walk round the marshes

More pictures of the area under threat for the gallery. These were taken back in July by a new resident in Graveney – thanks for providing these Russ!

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

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

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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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

What happens next?

What happens next? The Government’s Planning Inspectorate are conducting an examination. The Examination is like a public enquiry and will take 6 months. Then there’s a three month ‘recommendation’ phase and it all leads up … Read more

Responses to the 2nd phase consultation

It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2nd phase consultation closed on the auspicious date Friday 13th July 2018. There was a huge amount of activity in the run up to this date as … Read more

The Faversham Society’s Concerns

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.

The most peaceful place I know…

Some more lovely pictures from another campaign supporter who said: “the most peaceful place I know, teeming with wildlife, and they want to destroy it.” Please remember to respond to the 2nd phase consultation – … Read more

Wildlife Haven or Desert?

Yesterday I came across something unexpected – I had kept a copy of the “Biodiversity Management and Monitoring Plan” submitted by developers in 2015 before they plonked a small solar panel installation on good farmland … Read more