Spotlight on solar farms

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393, Comfort, Daphne and Hillier, David (2015) Spotlight on solar farms. Journal of Public Affairs, 15 (1). pp. 14-21. doi:10.1002/pa.1482

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Solar energy is the most abundant of all renewable energy sources, and the development pressures for solar farms have grown rapidly in the last 5 years within the UK. With this in mind, this paper outlines the characteristics of solar farms, describes their development within the UK, examines some of the issues raised by these developments and offers a concluding discussion of the contributions that public and media relations firms can make to the development of solar farms. The paper reveals that solar farms have been developed on both agricultural land and brownfield sites and that the development pressures are greatest in the South West and South East of England. The findings reveal that proposals to develop solar farms have generated a wide range of environmental, community and economic issues and that public relations companies have an important role to play in fostering the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne and Hillier, David (2015) Spotlight on solar farms. Journal of Public Affairs, 15 (1). pp. 14-21., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar energy, renewable energy, public relations, planning, environment, UK, United Kingdom
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 11:54

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