Italy: Meloni puts brakes on solar energy rollout

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has always insisted she is not a climate change denier and that her rightwing government is committed to greener sources of energy. But her coalition is putting the brakes on the rollout of solar panels on farmland, which Meloni has described as a ‘threat to our food sovereignty’ — a claim refuted by some farmers and solar energy experts. The government last month issued an emergency decree banning ground-mounted solar panels from land zoned for agriculture. Instead, Rome will require more costly installations of at least 2.1 metres above ground, to allow cultivation underneath.” (06/08/24)