COVERING GOOD FOOD GROWING LAND WITH SOLAR PANELS?

bluebell

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seems very wrong to me, read that plans to build a very large solar farm covering a couple of thousands of acres north suffolk ,cambridgeshire area, what do others think ? i can see the point of covering large roofs such as warehouses or any roofs, i think that all this large scale new house building thats going on or will be built in the future should have to have solar panels built from new as law, but not surely on good arable land that we are loosing to development and have not much at all ?
 

HarryB97

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View of my farm from the bedroom window.
Pays for this sort of thing:
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Exactly it doesn't matter what other people think it's more important to think of your family, your life and the future of your business, and if that's by solar then crack on. It's the same as land for housing most people are jealous and bitter that they are not in a suitable location or have not gone out there and approached firms. I do agree though that new builds being built without things like panels on are missing a huge trick! I would love a Jag one day!
 

snarling bee

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Arable Farmer
Location
Bedfordshire
Looking ahead,
What environmental problems will occur, as panels have an expected life span of 25 yrs, ish, and are classified as hazardous waste, when that time is up,
Already, know of a site less than 10 yrs old, that needs 500 panels replacing,
Just pushing our problems onto future generations,
I personally can't see solar parks being returned to agriculture. Why would they? It will be repowered and keep going. I see it as an asset for future generations rather than a liability, they will have the choice of owning it outright or renting it out again.
Solar panels usually keep going at an annual degradation rate of about 0.75%, so they will still be producing something in 40 years time, although recent estimates put the degradation at only 6% in 25 years.
Why are solar panels hazardous waste? They are now recyclable and classed as general waste in the UK. I'm sure they will be more easily recycled in the future.
 
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I do believe all of these solar farms should be set up so they can at least be grazed by sheep under the panels. It should also be a planning requirement.
Must be a win win for Co2 reduction that way.

We used to graze two of these, but they have now changed hands (we think to BP) and the new owners have stopped any grazing and now just mow under them.
 

bluebell

Member
i havnt any problem with what people do, with their land within the law of the country ? i just think that our leaders and the policies coming out of govt are contradicty , on one hand we have a small country thats getting more and more developed , the available land that can or could produce food shrinks daily ? yet more and more shouts is for land to be rewilded or just let go ? where is the long term planning in all this ?
 

Bald Rick

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey

delilah

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I do believe all of these solar farms should be set up so they can at least be grazed by sheep under the panels. It should also be a planning requirement.
Must be a win win for Co2 reduction that way.

We used to graze two of these, but they have now changed hands (we think to BP) and the new owners have stopped any grazing and now just mow under them.
What grows under them ? Surely a certain square inch of land can only be hit by the ray of sunshine once, it's either hitting a solar panel or the earth ? Genuine question not being funny, never seen a solar farm in the flesh. We have a couple of roof systems, one making 12v the other into the grid, they both on roofs.
I agree with the OP they should be illegal on farmland. Windmills I like.
 

AGCO reports sales increase of 43.5% compared to 2020 figures

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Written by Agriland Team from Agriland

The tractor manufacturer AGCO, which consists of brands such as Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, reported its results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2021.

Net sales for the second quarter were approximately $2.9 billion, an increase of approximately 43.5% compared to the second quarter of 2020.

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Reported net income was $3.73/share for the second quarter of 2021, and adjusted...
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