The government’s plans to restrict solar farm development could see farmers miss out on up to £1bn of additional revenues over just a two year period, according to a new analysis from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
The think tank today published the results of new modelling that attempts to assess the impact of mooted government proposals to extend restrictions on solar farm development to cover ‘sub-grade’ agricultural land.
Currently, the government recommends that solar projects planned for higher quality agricultural land that is officially classed as Grade 1, 2, or 3a are blocked by the planning authorities. However, the short-lived Truss administration proposed that solar projects planned for lower grade land classified as Grade 3b should also be blocked, arguing that solar projects were undermining food production.
Renewable energy groups, environmental campaigners, and the wider energy industry argued such rules would have a chilling effect on solar