Solar Energy UK has lent its weight to calls for renewable deployment targets as part of “urgent action” needed to decarbonise Britain’s grid. It has called for a specific government target of 40GW of solar deployment by 2030, a significant jump from the 14GWp-dc currently deployed. The call echoes that from the trade association last summer, when it outlined the importance of Contracts for Difference (CfDO design, green tax reform and the Future Homes Standard for hitting 40GW in the next decade. Additionally, it is calling for funding to be reinstated and for VAT on green home upgrades end – this has been a point of increasing pressure in the solar sector, with the removal of VAT on clean energy products like solar panels supported by a majority of the public according to analysis by Green Alliance. Business rates should be reformed, Solar Energy UK continued, to enable greater C&I adoption. The issue was thrown into light last year when supermarket chain Lidl revealed it saw its business rates increase by 528% due to changes in the valuation of solar installations at its sites. Finally, government should provide annual CfD auctions for solar until the end of the decade to drive adoption. Solar is set to participate in the fourth round of the subsidy scheme, having been excluded from the previous two. “Solar is becoming a major global industry and the UK must keep pace,” said Chris Hewett, chief executive of Solar Energy UK. “We need to see solar energy trebled in capacity by the end of the decade, in keeping with forecasts produced by the Climate Change Committee.” Solar Energy UK has issued the call for more renewable deployment together with RenewableUK and the Nuclear Industry Association, asking the government to set a binding 100% grid decarbonisation by 2035 target.
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The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), RenewableUK and Solar Energy UK – representing Britain’s three leading zero-carbon power generators – today called for urgent action to build new wind, nuclear and solar capacity and for a binding target of 100% grid decarbonisation by 2035. In a joint statement, they wrote that, with just six months to go until the UK co-hosts the COP26 summit, Britain’s grid is “dirtier now than it was a year ago”, with heavy reliance on fossil fuels.
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