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13 responses to “Our response to the consultation on fast-track review of FiTs”

    • Damon Hart-Davis

      Very interesting; thanks for sharing your text here.

      I don’t think I’d be as down on AD, but in any case the point is that we should be putting up 10GWp+ of solar in the UK, not fighting over the installation of the next 50MW…

      Rgds

      Damon

    • Paul Verbinnen

      IMO tories will continue to place hoops for you to jump through, simply because they can’t get a kick-back from this. All tory politicians are major shareholders and only promote policies for those companies where they have an interest.
      As the recent voting shows, the public are easily hoodwinked and only too keen to be tory-fodder, as the tories continue to smugly implement their vision of a country ruled by unelected company executives & directors.
      So to sum up: I don’t think you’ve got any chance of changing the decision.

    • David Hicks

      To get around this problem of using land up for Solar panels
      would it not be possible to grow something under the Solar Panels.
      Foe example. I think Mushrooms and Rhubarb grow in semi darkness.
      If something was grown under the solar panels no one could say that Solar power was taking up farm land.
      See link growing Rhubarb in the Dark.

        • Damon Hart-Davis

          I think bees (as in hives) could probably grow quite well under panels, and it might deter some light fingers in future! B^>

          But that is one reason I fancy using urban/industrial roofs, and indeed it can keep some of the heat from them which may reduce fabric ageing and aircon bills in summer.

          Rgds

          Damon

            • paul

              Hiya Damon, David…

              We’re looking at wild-flowers, bees & birds in regards to improving biodiversity on our solar parks.

              Not sure if you saw the bit in our progress report that mentions bees (and birds)? It’s on Page 17:

              “The birds and the bees

              Under our Sun Parks we will be creating flower-rich meadows – so the Parks won’t only boost green energy production, they’ll also provide a nectar rich environment for dozens of species of insects. Bumblebees in particular are essential pollinators for both native plants and many crop species, yet their numbers are in drastic decline – restoring flower-rich grasslands is crucial to their long-term survival. Our ecologists are working with organisations including the Bee Guardian Foundation, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and the RSPB to make our Sun Park meadows the best habitats they can be for native wildlife.
              And it’s not just good news for local flora and fauna. Compared to arable crops, wildlife rich grasslands store twice as much carbon, lessen the impact of flooding and also improve soil health.”

              http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/about/our-progress/progress-report-2010.pdf

              Great minds and all that :)

    • Michael

      Bill Gates provided an opinion regarding residential solar versus “big solar” at a recent conference in the US:

      “If you’re going for cuteness, the stuff on homes is where to go but if you’re interested in solving energy problems, it’s those big ones in the desert,” that matter…

      The full article is here:
      http://gigaom.com/2011/05/03/bill-gates-energy-solutions-need-to-be-big-not-cute/

        • Damon Hart-Davis

          Another detail that I wouldn’t agree with Bill Gates on (he who thought that the Internet would be a passing fad)! But at least he isn’t against solar per se.

          Rgds

          Damon

    • Ajay

      Dear Mr. Dale Vince,

      It is very interesting your innovations and Nature friendly establishment, Ecotricity great name .

      Is it possible to work with you in your company. I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession.

      Ajay
      India

    • Alasdair

      Does nobody know that solar panels heat up the planet far more effectively than CO2? Ever heard of Albedo?
      Forget that they are very expensive on a cost per KW.
      Forget that they can only be built by means of parasitic subsidies.
      Forget that they create a huge movement of resources from the poor to the rich.
      Forget that they are poverty creators.
      If you really want to cool the planet, paint the roof White.
      Simple, and far cheaper.
      PS: Bet this gets moderated out!!

        • Damon Hart-Davis

          Bet you’re really popular when you rush into a new bar and shout “you all smell and I don’t like the colour scheme and I don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant.”

          Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

          Rgds

          Damon

            • Paul Verbinnen

              I agree Damon, I like these forums where a lot of people can have a sensible discussion about issues that concern us. Unfortunately, it is always just a question of time before a troll turns up.

              Cheers,
              Paul