Solar power is here to stay, so give it a chance

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It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s fair to say we’ll all probably have to get used to seeing solar farms.

Already a familiar sight across the country, the huge banks of panels help provide much-needed energy.

Especially, as everyone 
knows, we as a nation need to start preparing for a future using fewer coal-fired power stations.

The farm at Lovedean,while relatively small, was not, of course, universally welcomed.

And it comes only weeks after a scheme for a much larger solar farm at Newlands Farm near Fareham was pulled.

That the plans were only approved in December last year and it’s up and running already is impressively fast to say the least.

But it’s just that speed of change that has caused some of the upset.

The local residents’ association is saying it wants the land returned to agricultural use when the lease runs out in 25 years.

That’s a fine ambition and hopefully one that will be realised.

But in the wider picture, alternative forms of energy generation are an issue that’s not going to go away.

Whether it’s solar panels like this development of wind farms or any of the other greener options, it’s a problem that needs tackling.

The Lovedean development will provide annually enough electricity to power 1,350 homes.

That may not sound a lot, but multiply it by all the other similar projects around the country and it can start to make a difference.

While we acknowledge it’s not necessarily what you’d like to look at from your window, this kind of scheme will be happening more and more over the coming years.

So let’s try and look a bit more sympathetically at solar farms – they could be the future.