A new generation of solar-powered charging stations for electric cars is being developed across Britain. Plans have been drawn up for a network of more than 100 forecourts tailored to charge cars, vans and buses quickly. They will have space for 24 charging bays and “airport-style” lounges that motorists can use while they wait. Gridserve, the green energy company behind the plan, said that drivers would be able to reserve spaces in advance using an app to avoid long waits and that smaller vehicles could be charged in less than ten minutes. The company said that it had secured 80 sites on busy roads and near powerful grid connections. Under the plan new solar farms will be built next to most forecourts to supply energy directly. Work is due to start on the first two sites in York and Hull this year. The government aims to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, with all new vehicles expected to produce zero emissions. However, the target has been branded unrealistic by critics who point out that sales of fully electric cars have been too slow. They make up less than 1 per cent of vehicles on British roads and the lack of rapid roadside chargers has been cited as one reason. A study in December by the RAC Foundation found that one in 12 charging points – 8.3 per cent – failed to work last summer.
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E.ON has launched a new scheme which will reward consumers for exporting excess solar power to the grid. Under the ‘Solar Reward’ initiative, the first 500 new solar customers to have the renewable technology installed will be paid 5.24p per kWh of energy exported back to the grid. The scheme is aimed at trying to bridge the gap between the closure of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme today and the future launch of the government’s supplier-led Smart Export Guarantee.
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Legislative milestones of the past few years of Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission will help EU solar play a decisive role in the next decade, a top official has said weeks before the bloc holds fresh elections. Paula Abreu Marques, who heads up the renewable policy unit at the Commission, spoke at the Large Scale Solar Europe summit last week to detail how solar will be supported long-term by laws adopted under Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet. “After 2020, we believe the situation will move. Solar PV is expected to become a mainstream technology at the centre of our energy transition,” Abreu said. “The market will have to double compared to today to achieve 2030’s target, and double again in the years after to reach the 2050 goal.”
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