1. It plates over England’s green and pleasant land with huge solar panel arrays, and battery packs the size of shipping containers. It industrialises huge tracts of what is currently green farmland, with trees, hedgerows, and habitats for wildlife. This is environmental destruction, not environmental protection.
2. Original area (under revision) about 1500 hectares or about 3700 acres – over a third of the area of Cambridge, enough to build a whole new town if you wanted to.
3. Parts of Sunnica are directly adjacent to Chippenham Park and the Chippenham Fen Site of Special Scientific Interest. Solar panel arrays can make land warmer – even at night, so the local microclimate will be changed.
4. A power rating of 500 MW is claimed but that’s maximum power – only on bright sunny days in midsummer. Cloudy days in winter will yield much less. Solar panels don’t work at night, at all. So the average output will be much more modest. Sunnica haven’t told us how modest. And even 500 MW is very modest output for a conventional power station – and they work continuously, using much less land area.
So: Lots of Pain, not much Gain! That's why I say NO to Sunnica!
The total annual renewables subsidy impact on UK household cost of living is £9 billion - £340 per year per household.
The legacy costs of electricity decarbonisation will be over £100 billion by 2030.
“In electricity, the costs of decarbonisation are already estimated by the Climate Change Committee to be around 20% of typical electricity bills. These legacy costs will amount to well over £100 billion by 2030”.
Professor Dieter Helm, Oxford University:
Item 3, Executive Summary, “Cost of Energy Review”, 25 October 2017
Whole report here, commissioned by Theresa May, then ignored:
(Health warning: 242 pages, for geeks and nerds only).
Energy Utopias and Engineering Reality, by Prof Michael Kelly FRS FREng
Annual Lecture, Global Warming Policy Foundation, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 11 November 2019
Press Release: Herds of Unicorns required
Read the lecture: