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Over the past ten years Devon residents of Holsworthy, Pyworthy and Bridgerule have seen the installation of several large scale solar farms and suffered considerable hardship and inconvenience especially during the construction phase. These are located at Pitworthy Farm Solar Park, Bradford Manor Solar Park, Derriton Fields Solar Farm, Land West of Parsonage Wood and Crinacott Solar Farm. Neighbouring installations set the scene for our villages to become completely surrounded!
Residents are very concerned that the current planning application is just phase 1 and that other landowners are being approached in a bid to expand, covering an even greater area with solar panels! When the Pyworthy GSP (Grid Supply Point) was recently upgraded and the high voltage grid reconductored, was the plan all along to create a massive solar city?
Calling all Solar Farm objectors, past, present and future. Join us, link to us, let's stop this nonsense once and for all! Productive farm land is a finite resource and shouldn't be misused. Food security must surely take priority over and above the generation of electricity through dubious and ineffective methods that consume excessive amounts of precious land!
A warning to companies, if you think you can pull the wool over peoples eye's much longer and get away with schemes that appear green then think again, times up, we're on to you!
Climate change and renewables are rising rapidly to top of the political agenda. However, politicians who rely on so called experts to advise them can easily be misled because many of these individuals are business people with profit in mind. Not all renewable energy schemes are as green as they claim to be or of real benefit to us! Small scale solar with battery storage facilities can be very effective in powering certain applications. However, large scale solar farms only deliver power for short periods during maximum sunlight hours and in most cases with no storage capability. Yes, it can be argued that they offset CO2 emissions during daylight hours against less clean power generation methods but run the risk of grid instability, with more frequent short duration power outages likely!
Grid instability comes from the fact that currently no solar PV is monitored centrally and so National Grid without real time information have an almost impossible task to manage/balance available power generation against changing load conditions throughout the day. This is in stark contrast to power generation using established and proven rotary methods. Watch website video about the Duck Curve which explains the problem.
The general public has not been made fully aware that polluting diesel farms have been installed nationally to enable National Grid to keep the lights on! Currently there is very scant public domain information available about how often and for how long these diesel farms are used to prevent fast voltage collapse. We are aware of local sites at Davidstow North Cornwall and another at Ernesettle in Plymouth. Diesel generators were chosen because they can go online very quickly!
Industrial size photovoltaic farms use excessive amounts of land take when compared to their pitiful amount of actual power generated, so don't be fooled by boastful MW figures in planning applications! Output is determined by several elements such as solar panel type and efficiency along with available sunlight in any given geographic location (higher latitudes receive less sunlight), and so our country is not best placed.
Local weather conditions here in the UK and prospect of cloud cover constantly changing also have to be considered, so making the Duck Curve even more difficult to manage!
|Table 6A from DUKES 2020 Chapter 6 page 112 shows pitiful performance of Solar PV,|
and has the worst of all share of total generation despite a high level of capacity...
This clearly shows that Solar Farms are ineffective whilst destroying productive land!
|UK Government - National Statistics - Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2020|
The next ten years is going to be a real challenge during the transition period from fossil fuel power generation to greener methods, government is concerned about potential power outages and widespread blackouts. Looking at G.B. National Grid Status (www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk) it is clear to see that offshore wind power generation is more consistent in any 24 hour period than large scale solar!
Large scale solar farms are not helpful in creating a stable grid infrastructure, any more will likely result in frequent short duration power outages.
SOLAR FARMS USE UP TOO MUCH PRECIOUS FARM LAND - DELIVER PITIFUL OUTPUT - RISK GRID INSTABILITY - IT'S TIME TO SAY NO MORE SOLAR FARMS!
|The Duck Curve? - An explanation of the problem with photovoltaic and grid stability...|
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|UK cloud cover constantly changing makes the Duck Curve even more difficult to manage!|
GOV.UK - Subsidies for solar farms to be cut to help safeguard farmland: New rules will ensure more agricultural land is dedicated to growing crops and food.
Former Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss said:
1/0249/2021/FULM | Proposed 42MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm, all ancillary grid infrastructure and associated works | Land At Monks Farm And Trelana Pyworthy Holsworthy Devon EX22 6LJ
07-06-2021... A record number of objections for Torridge District Council, so far 198 received and increasing daily! If you are directly or indirectly affected it is very important that you register your objection with Torridge District Council (Planning Dept), you can easily do this online, so don't delay!
In addition you can contact members of the Torridge District Council Plans Committee and express your concerns.
MARTIN H GOODALL LARTPI... OBJECTING TO A PLANNING APPLICATION (INCLUDING OBJECTIONS TO APPEALS)
Comment from the Webmaster... To members of the general public... Thank you all so much for taking the time to write your objections to Torridge District Council! I read each one of your objections and the quality and thought that you put in is outstanding! Please keep them pouring in!
Developers and supporters of solar farms often use the word TEMPORARY in their planning applications, a period of 40 years is now typical. Average human lifespan is 79 years. When you live through forty years a great deal can happen, new technology comes along, firms go bust etc. Who is going to clean up the mess in forty years time, can you guarantee and be certain that it will be done properly, or will it be yet another man made ecological disaster waiting to happen? The average lifespan of a company these days is just 15-20 years!
|John Nettles Presents Devon CPRE'S 'Save Our Fields From Solar Farms' Campaign...|
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|Devon CPRE is enormously grateful to TV star John Nettles for spearheading their|
campaign against proposals for ever-larger solar farms that threaten to despoil
Devon’s green and pleasant countryside. This video challenges ‘green’ claims that solar
farms are low carbon and are a good use of agricultural land. They are not!
1. Devon CPRE - Campaign to Protect Rural England
2. Facebook - Pyworthy Solar Protest
3. The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Cox QC MP
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