The UK government should commit to a target of 40GW of solar capacity by 2030, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). STA made the call in a letter to the Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, which coincides with the publication of a new policy paper outlining how the goal can be achieved to help boost the green recovery. The paper calls for the government to focus on priorities that will boost the ground-mounted, commercial rooftop and residential markets. These include maximising routes to market and improving investor confidence by implementing a robust Contracts for Difference design that has sufficient budget for Pot 1 (solar and onshore wind), regular six-monthly auctions and no capacity caps. Government should also implement green tax reform to ensure continued sustainable growth by exempting rooftop solar and battery storage from business rates.
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