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, 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined.

The analysis, from planning and development consultancy Turley, comes following Liz Truss’ controversial plan to crack down on solar farms, in which she called the sight of solar panels in fields “depressing.”

Meanwhile, the ongoing climate and energy crisis continues to worsen, with rocketing wholesale energy costs causing household energy bills to rise to £4,426 by April 2023, according to Cornwall Insights.

Soaring gas prices have brought scrutiny to Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels and heaped more pressure on politicians to lay out how they will pursue the energy transition.

EU wind and solar power have continued to deliver throughout the current energy crisis, setting new records every month in the second half of 2021 except September, according to energy think tank Ember.

Read more: MSN

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