What is the UK government’s problem with solar? You’ll need to pay close attention to find the few mentions of solar in the long-awaited White Paper issued by the government to outline how it plans to hit net zero by mid-century. Amid all that blue-sky thinking and ambition, however, the refusal to even mention solar power is disconcerting and can feel like a deliberate policy of those who compiled the document. Whilst it is understandable use of the word “renewables” is more likely to refer to wind power than solar in the British climate, there is plenty of attention devoted to nuclear; carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS); energy efficiency; electric vehicles; and hydrogen but no mention at all of photovoltaics in the opening sections of the document.
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