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Update on Renewable Energy

Energy efficient housing Energy efficient housing © Hastoe Housing Association Ltd

We would like to see greater use made of  commercial roofs and brownfield land unsuitable for housing for solar electricity.

This would increase solar generation whilst protecting the countryside. However, the Government needs to do much more to help realise this huge potential. In October 2016, CPRE published a good practice guide in solar PV design for designers, manufacturers and installers, with accompanying 'Solar Design Tips' leaflet aimed at homeowners themselves.

Dorset CPRE remains fully supportive of renewable energy – but not at any price. It continues to object to planning proposals that would be unacceptably damaging to our highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets. Our report on renewable energy generation in Dorset can be used as an evidence-base for informing and updating renewable energy policies and for assisting the determination of planning applications for renewable energy installations.

This report provides evidence that, on the whole, Dorset's record of and prospects for renewable energy generation and progress towards targets are impressive. With acknowledgement that targets are not ceilings, the fact that less than a year remains before the final year run-up to the target date of 31 December 2020, suggests that planning authorities, from now on, should ensure that no more than minimal damage is caused by renewable energy installations to Dorset's highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets.              
 
Each of the previous nine planning authorities considered in this report has an interest in the magnitude of renewable generation within its area of jurisdiction. This interest results from each authority being a signatory to a Department of Energy and Climate Change Memorandum of Understanding, published 9 March 2011, which includes an agreement to help the UK meet its 2020 renewable energy target. The report is updated to include BCP Council and Dorset Council total and is current as at 30th June 2019.
 
Battery Storage
The Government is encouraging the development of backup generation and battery storage in the countryside as means of increasing electricity supply.  CPRE Wiltshire has produced a booklet exploring the issues raised by planning applications to implement these processes. A copy of the booklet can be downloaded using the link below:

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