Cop27: the future is solar, but it won’t be simple – podcast

Pulaski county, Indiana is flat, sunny and full of farmland. For decades its farmers have produced cobs of golden yellow corn. But now the area is being earmarked to produce something else: energy. Its famers are being offered a guaranteed income to use their land to host America’s largest solar power farm. It’s an offer many are keen to take up.

The Guardian’s US environment correspondent, Oliver Milman, tells Hannah Moore that when fully operational, the solar farm will be able to power up to 250,000 households. But not everyone is onboard. Attempts to get the power flowing have been disrupted by an increasingly bitter campaign from opponents who believe the solar panels to be an eyesore, a threat to their way of life and for some (without evidence), a conspiracy that would fry birdlife and intoxicate the soil. Lawyers on both sides are involved and progress has been painfully slow.

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This article was written by Presented by Hannah Moore with Oliver Milman; produced by Ruth Abrahams and Rudi Zygadlo; executive producer Phil Maynard and originally published on