UK cuts payments to solar farms

England will ban farmland covered by solar panels from receiving Common Agricultural Policy subsidies from January

England will ban farmland covered by solar panels from receiving Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies from January.

The UK’s new environment minister said solar farms are “ugly” and “a blight on the countryside”.

“Villages are pushing production of meat and other traditional British produce overseas...It is a real problem if we are using productive agricultural land for solar farms,” Liz Truss said in a weekend newspaper interview in which she announced the plan.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
subs@endseurope.com
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.