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Renewable Energy

Solar panels on roof space at Bridport Recycling Centre Solar panels on roof space at Bridport Recycling Centre

What are the best choices  for Dorset?

Renewable energies include solar, wave, biomass, heat pumps and wind energy, all of which are produced directly or indirectly from the sun, together with tidal and geothermal energies. They are secure, essentially inexhaustible and give rise to little pollution.      

It is important to choose those Renewable Energies which are truly cost effective rather than being subsidised with public money, and they should also be relatively unobtrusive in the countryside. Kent CPRE produced an excellent report on all forms of renewable energy - a good introduction to the subject Renewable Energy Technologies

Dorset CPRE Policy on Renewable Energy

  1. Dorset CPRE is fully supportive of renewable energy development in Dorset but not at any price. It is opposed to proposals that would do anything other than minimal harm to Dorset’s exceptional and highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets.
  2. it is particularly opposed to industrial scale wind turbines and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations that can be damaging to Dorset’s prevalent small–scale landscapes.
  3. It supports the deployment of solar photovoltaic panels on domestic, commercial, public and industrial roofs, including those that can be built over car parks.
  4. It favours smaller scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations with a maximum capacity of 5 MW (20,000 panels) that can be well-screened from surrounding view points.
  5. It does not object to small-scale wind turbines close to buildings.
  6. It hopes that the Council will be successful in promoting community-owned renewable energy installations of all kinds and wishes to provide support in any way it can through its network of members across the Council area.
General Reports on Renewable Energy
The Warm and Green report (April 2015) asserts that energy efficiency has been grossly underplayed in discussions and policy on England’s future energy supply, and that it must become increasingly important in rural areas. 

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