Solar farms = industrialisation of the UK countryside? Try fracking.

Guardian:”….Solar farms, each with thousands of panels, are popping up all over the country and now number 250. Costs have halved in two years and are still falling fast – on track to be cheaper than both onshore wind and nuclear power within a few years – and solar is by far the public’s most popular energy technology.” “But the burgeoning industry has seen its sparkle dulled by a series of recent attacks from Conservative ministers, with planning supremo Eric Pickles overturning permission for another old airfield solar farm at Ellough in Suffolk, Greg Barker at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) signalling a crackdown on “monster solar farms”, and his colleague Michael Fallon deriding subsidies for large solar farms as immoral.
….Jonathan Scurlock, chief renewable energy adviser at the National Farmers Union, disagrees: “They are not any kind of threat to agricultural land, because they allow dual use: either biodiversity, which is increasingly required, or livestock grazing … this diversification can be really important in making the business sustainable.”
A solar farm arrived this month on the doorstep of David Cameron, with Solar Century’s 13MW project near Eynsham in his Oxfordshire constituency. It attracted only one planning objection.
“Our experience with local communities is very much the opposite of the negative solar farm stereotype presented by some Conservative ministers and parts of the media,” says Solar Century’s chairman, Jeremy Leggett. “It’s ironic we are having this discussion just as Decc has confirmed half the country may be opened up for fracking. Now there’s a technology that really is seeking to industrialise England’s beautiful countryside.”