Save The Allen Valley - stop SunPower Corp's large-scale industrial solar panel development sign now

Don't let big business & Cornwall Council foist large-scale industrial PV solar panel farms on a sensitive, green field environment. We want renewable energy & localised food sufficiency - not a 16 hectare (40 acre, or 18 football pitches) eyesore giving no benefits to anyone but the landowner & developer. Germany & France have banned the use of green field sites - let's copy their model, & stick to roofs, barns & brownfield. Taking land out of agriculture also ratchets up the airmiles and road miles as we transport food unnecessarily.

This situation has come about because developers are exploiting a loophole in the legislation on FiTs (Feed-in Tariffs). These subsidies were designed for local residents & small communities to install their own solar panels & connect to the grid, not for large-scale "subsidy farmers". Secretary of State Chris Huhne has stated that these large-scale developments are "jeopardising" the FiTs for smaller projects, so he is reviewing the subsidies. However, anything rushed through by July will still receive public funding - hence a stampede by developers to get planning permission all over Cornwall.

The Allen valley is a beautiful, unspoilt site and also a historically sensitive one. A number of local businesses here depend on ecotourism, and they too will be severaly affected by their environment being dominated by 15,700 pv panels 8 ft off the ground.

Please sign this petition and protect our landscape - help us save the Allen Valley from greedy developers & short-sighted bureaucrats. Don't let them use "green energy" as a figleaf for environmental damage

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Antonia WillisBy:
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Local residents of Egloshayle and St Mabyn parishes

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