Why use Solar power?
Where accessible Solar provides the most abundant source of renewable energy.
Why are there not more Solar farms?
There are a few potential issues that have been raised with regards to solar farms:
Solar Sunshield: Snow, dust and even sand can block sunlight getting to solar panels, these inefficiency can reduce large amount of energy being harvested to produce electricity. Also concerns that natural events such as hail and strong winds can completely destroy solar farms which could take months to restore.
Land use: Solar farms can take up a large amount of space, which may be a concern if the land is needed for other purposes, such as agriculture.
Habitat loss: Some concerns about the impact of solar farms on the local environment. The construction of solar farms can potentially result in habitat loss for wildlife, particularly if the site is home to protected species where the effects on wildlife and habitat are destructive.
Grid connection: It can be difficult to connect large solar farms to the electricity grid, especially if the grid is already stretched to capacity in a particular area. This can be a significant barrier to the development of new solar farms.
Visual impact: Some people may object to the appearance of solar farms, especially if they are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Shadow flicker: Solar panels can sometimes cause shadow flicker, which is when the moving shadows of the panels fall on nearby properties. This can be a nuisance for people living close to the farm.
Funding and subsidies: The cost of building and maintaining solar farms is high, and they often rely on government subsidies to be viable. There has been some debate in the UK about the level of support that solar farms should receive.