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Farm activity may stoke interest in PV courses

PV courses could rise in popularity due to demand from farmers for the installation of solar panels.

Speaking on the BBC podcast Farming Today, National Farmers Union chief advisor on renewable energy Dr Jonathan Scurlock explained that take-up of such devices among members has been "enthusiastic".

He revealed that discussions are taking place regarding how the generation of solar energy could be combined with conventional farming practices and bio-diversity, which may lead to further work for engineers who have completed PV courses.

Dr Scurlock said: "There are maybe 30 or 40 land-based large solar farm projects that have been proposed, although we wouldn’t expect all of those to be built in the immediate future."

But he stressed such initiatives are not expected to be a direct alternative for farmers with land to spare.

This week, plans for a solar farm in Cambridgeshire were rejected for a second time, which has pleased nearby residents who are against the proposals going through in their current form.

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