Ministers hope to ban solar projects from most English farms

Ministers are planning to ban solar farms from most of England’s farmland, the Guardian can reveal. The new environment secretary, Ranil Jayawardena, is understood to oppose solar panels being placed on agricultural land, arguing that it impedes his programme of growth and boosting food production. To this end, say government sources, he has asked his

Octopus Energy doubles fixed export tariff amid high wholesale power prices

Octopus Energy has doubled its Fixed Outgoing tariff to help lower customers' bills as they head into winter. This will increase from 7.5p/kWh to 15p/kWh, with all customers on the tariff seeing their rate automatically changed from today (20 September). This includes domestic customers with solar installations that also use Octopus Energy as a supplier. Customers

What does the Conservative Party really think about solar?

I spent some of August on trains across Europe, gazing out at vast swathes of parched earth, dwindled rivers and failing crops. Climate change was plainly in action across the entire continent. Then I glanced at social media to find the two individuals vying to become Prime Minister competing with each other to say

Solar panel sales boom as energy bills soar

The energy bills crisis has prompted a big rise in demand for solar panels. Just over 3,000 solar installations are being carried out every week, according to trade association Solar Energy UK, up from 1,000 a week in July 2020. One provider said this month it had seen enquiries about solar panels rise tenfold. "More

Dim decision: Huge rise in solar farm planning refusals

Planning application refusals for solar farms are higher than ever, despite the energy price crisis and the climate crisis. Planning permission for 23 solar farms has been refused across England, Wales and Scotland between January 2021 and July 2022, which could have produced enough renewable energy to power an estimated 147,000 homes annually, according to new analysis. Just four projects were refused planning permission during 2017,

Record number of searches for ‘solar panels’ during UK heatwave

With temperatures across the UK soaring to over 30°C amid last week’s heatwave, The Eco Experts has disclosed a record amount for searches for “solar panels’ had been reached. According to Google Trends on Thursday 11 August, the UK collectively reached a score of 100 for the first time searching for solar panels – an increase

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