LETTER: “Using agricultural land for solar panels is criminal”

A READER gets in touch to call for a ban on solar panels on farmland.

WE are an overpopulated and growing country, so using agricultural land for solar panels is criminal.

We are losing good land to overdevelopment and regeneration. We need all this land for food production.

I am a big fan of solar panels. I had 16 on my roof for seven years and they paid for themselves in four years, so it’s a win-win.

They produce electricity even on cloudy days whereas wind turbines only work if the wind is blowing.

All towns and some villages have industrial areas with large hangars that should be equipped with solar panels.

Barkers department store in Northallerton has at least 300 – well done, but what about Tesco, Lidl, Sainsburys? Farmers’ grain stores, stockyards, and all new homes with south-facing roofs should have them.

We should think outside the box. Why not cover car parks with a structure to support the panels and park cars underneath, thus also helping to keep them cool in the summer.

Theaters, concert halls, stadiums – there are thousands of areas out there, so hopefully permission is definitely denied.

W Calvert, address provided.

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