Making energy from the sun is seen as a clean, green way to generate power, but that doesn't stop how and where it's done from being controversial.
Latest figures show there are around 30 large-scale solar farms in the Midlands providing energy to tens of thousands of homes.
Some solar panels are attached to factory roofs, but increasingly farmers are turning over their land to energy developers. Tomorrow a decision is due for one such site near Stratford-upon-Avon, but it's facing fierce opposition.
Residents are fighting plans to put up 74,000 panels on nearly 100 acres of land near Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire. Chris Halpin reports.
The parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee warned of a lack of long-term strategic planning to protect communities at risk.Read the full story ›
Campaigners fighting plans for a "monstrous" incinerator in the centre of Northampton have vowed to fight on.Read the full story ›
World Naked Gardening Day is celebrated across the globe on the first Saturday of May each year.Read the full story ›
The Civil Aviation Authority has approved changes to flight paths at Birmingham Airport in response to its £33 million runway extension.Read the full story ›
A park ranger has demanded an investigation after the tree in the grounds of a former Cadbury family home has been axed.Read the full story ›
Organisers say they're determined to make this St Patrick's Day Parade the biggest yet, despite being the first without council funding.Read the full story ›
The development will see 45,000 homes built across the four boroughs in the next 10 years, alongside new green spaces.Read the full story ›
The East Midlands is home to fantastic scenery along miles of waterways, in a special series we look at our canal network - and the work done behind the scenes to maintain them.
Our cameras have been with a lock-keeper along the canal network who says working amongst such history and heritage is magnificent.
Watch the full report from ITV News Central's Dani Crawshaw below.