From Save the planet:
Stop whinging and accept that solar and other renewables are our future. You can't have it all your own way. The mine towns of the past have endured piles of slag 100s of feet into the sky that are still in evidence today all you have is to endure or should I say be pleased to see is solar panels barely a few feet above the ground generating zero emissions energy battery storage of course is about not wasting the precious energy generated during daylight hours. Come on Chickerel wise up grow up and shut up.
Dear Save the planet
Your email is pretty ignorant of the facts regarding the reasons for our objections.
Firstly none of us are remotely unaware of the need for the population to change the way we go about our daily lives. Our objection is focused on the following points:
The proposed BESS is bang smack in the middle of urban populations which are growing with numerous new developments.
The fire risk from lithium represents a severe safety hazard to residents and presents a huge logistical problem to the local emergency services in the event of a fire.
The mining of lithium may be beneficial to those lucky enough to be able to afford a Tesla or equivalent but the cost to the people affected by the mining operations is tenfold not least the dangers involved, the sheer amount of water used in processing lithium and other rare metals, the loss of farm land to excavation and contamination of land and water sources.
We stand to lose more valuable farm land and loss of natural environment for the resident wildlife who are being squeezed out of natural habitat daily across the nation.
The company behind the BESS proposal Statera are not residents of the immediate area and not Dorset based. Hence they have no link, no responsibility and no intended future consideration for the community, town or county.
The bottom line is that this is a proposal based on money and if given the go ahead they will wave goodbye to the county with the swag bag over their shoulder and head back to their city financiers to celebrate job done.
All of us involved in here want to see a future with less pollution, less hunger, less conflict and less greed but more prosperity, more equality, more respect and a thriving natural environment.
We want solar energy, we want offshore AND onshore wind turbines and we want wave energy but we dont want to see swathes of land lost for decades due to the "grab and scarper" tactics of companies like Statera.
We have seen lots of new developments here in Dorset and like many other nationwide housing projects virtually none of them are built with solar, wind or rain water storage facilities.
All commercial buildings should have a mixture of green energy, car parks to be covered in solar panels, basically use the thousands of available acres of suitable rooftops and commercial sites rather than valuable farmland. This would drastically reduce the demand on the grid and maybe reduce the stress people are facing with huge domestic costs
In recent weeks i have planted 16 trees, dug a field scrape with hybernaculums, we capture rainwater in thousands of litres and try to grow our own food as much as possible. I want to save the planet and am pissed off that i wont live long enough to see the planet thrive.
So rather than tell us to stop whinging, get in touch and get the facts.
We are all green but are we are fighting greed.