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Close up of panels on a Devon solar farm

Councils powerless to stop solar panels made by enslaved workers from being installed in the county, says Devon CPRE

As councillors in Mid Devon prepare to decide whether to grant planning permission for a huge solar farm at Langford, the local branch of the countryside charity CPRE has revealed that local authorities are being forced to accept solar panels made using forced labour in China. Several Devon councils have admitted to the charity that despite statements on their websites about human rights and...

A bank of solar panels against the sky

An industrialised solar farm landscape looms near Holsworthy in northwest Devon

Proposals for the latest and largest solar farm in Devon, adjacent to an existing one, would transform the pastoral scenery between Holsworthy and Bude into an ugly landscape of solar panels and security fencing stretching across 28 fields.

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE says the rural vistas people have come to cherish more than ever during the pandemic will be...

Solar Panel group-buying scheme will save you money and help save the planet

Devon's householders have the chance to help the county become net-zero by joining Devon Climate Emergency's (DCE) solar panel group-buying scheme.

DCE is made up of Devon's principle public and private sector organisations, and they have joined forces to draw up a Carbon Plan, the county's roadmap to carbon neutrality.

The DCE's latest project is Solar Together and, with...

Partial view of the existing Collacott solar array on land adjacent to the proposed new solar farm

CPRE Devon set to object to plans for a ‘monstrous’ solar farm - Devon’s biggest to date - straddling a major tourist route

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE says the proposal to build a massive solar farm between Barnstaple and Bideford in North Devon, on agricultural land adjoining the touristic route to Newquay, is nothing short of ‘monstrous’.

Bristol-based Aura Power has submitted an application to build a solar installation to the west and north-east of Litchardon Cross, sited between...

Considering solar panels? Check the provider's credentials urges Trading Standards

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to check the credentials of companies selling solar panels before they buy.

The warning follows complaints from some customers who signed a contract and paid a deposit after hearing a sales pitch at home.

But when these customers tried to exercise their legal rights and cancel the agreement within 14...

Several shades of green for Plymouth

Plymouth City Council has installed solar panels on nine of its buildings as one of several energy efficiency measures to secure Plymouth’s place among the greenest cities in the UK.

Latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that Plymouth is one of the best performing UK cities for CO2 emissions; standing at just 4.7 tonnes per person per year....

Solar panel investment scheme afternoon

Residents, business owners and investors are invited to join Plymouth Energy Community at Salisbury Road Primary to hear more about this solar panel investment opportunity.

Salisbury Road Primary is one of many Plymouth schools who have been working with Plymouth Energy Community and PEC Renewables Ltd to get solar panels installed on their school roof. The solar panels are offered for...

Thousands of Plymouth tenants to get £50m home improvements

Thousands of Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) tenants could soon enjoy lower energy bills thanks to a new scheme to upgrade their homes.

PCH has announced that it is joining forces with British Gas to insulate around 10,000 homes – nearly 70 per cent of its stock – over the next eight years.

PCH will insulate the homes with either external or cavity wall insulation.