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Planning for the future of onshore wind and solar farm

11/03/2021 at 12:15 - 13:15


Dr. Rachel Windemer is an an environmental planner with an interest in the regulation of time and renewable energy infrastructure, based at Cardiff University. She can be followed on Twitter @RebeccaWindemer.

Siting is a key issue for onshore wind and solar and the sector has a conundrum to deal with. On the one hand, the potential reversibility of the impacts that such infrastructure may create (by dismantling and removal) is one of their key sustainability advantages. However, given tightening restrictions on greenfield sites, the ability to increase generation will likely depend on the ability to continue operating existing sites. Planning permission for onshore wind and solar in the UK is usually ‘temporary’, for a period of 25 years. Wind farms are already reaching this point, creating a need to understand how decisions are made regarding extending the planning consent or repowering sites with new, more efficient, infrastructure. Solving this issue faces a shifting regulatory environment but also uncertainties arising from changes in wider social and physical landscapes.

Rebecca’s presentation will discuss the results of a three year research project exploring experiences of end-of-life decision making for wind and solar farms in the UK. Case studies are drawn upon to understand the nature of the decision making process, the policy context, impact of changing rural landscapes, and the perspectives of communities, developers and planners.

The webinar will take place on the ‘Zoom’ platform which will require registration. This is free and we recommend that you do so in advance to avoid disappointment.

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