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The go-ahead has been given to the UK’s biggest solar farm, stretching 900 acres on the north Kent coast. The government has approved the controversial scheme, which will supply power to 91,000 homes. The project could include one of the world’s largest energy storage systems. But it has been fiercely opposed by many local people, and it’s divided green groups. Greenpeace, the RSPB and the countryside charity CPRE are against the plan. They say it’s industrialising the countryside - and may harm an adjacent wildlife site. But Friends of the Earth offered qualified support, on the grounds that the current intensively-farmed land was bad for wildlife anyway. Their spokesperson Mike Childs s... Full story

28 May