The UK solar industry is today unveiling a major plan to treble its capacity to 40GW by the end of the decade, in a move it estimates would create thousands of new jobs, deliver a £17bn boost to the economy, and help support the government’s climate targets. Trade body Solar Energy UK said a roadmap it is set to publish later this morning would set out a pathway to ramp up the country’s solar power capacity to 40GW by 2030, the amount it said was required by the end of the decade to move the sector into line with the UK’s trajectory towards net zero emissions by 2050. Delivering on the new goal could deliver 13,000 new jobs by 2030, as well as a 4.7 per cent cut in the UK’s CO2 emissions amounting to 21.2 million tonnes a year, Solar Energy UK said.
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The UK is on course to double its solar capacity by 2030, but will need to treble it if the nation is to meet its net-zero target for 2050, with Solar Energy UK calling for overhauls to policy to spur the national market.
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With the solar generation capacity of the U.K. set to double this decade, industry body Solar Energy UK this morning spelled out how the volume could treble to the 40 GW needed to achieve the government’s net-zero-emission ambition. With government advisory body the Climate Change Committee having estimated the U.K. will need 40 GW of solar by 2030 to hit net zero, Solar Energy UK this morning published its Lighting The Way report spelling out how that figure can be reached. The trade group has repeated its regular calls for reform of the business rates levied on commercial entities with solar rooftops, and the removal of VAT on solar systems, and considered the potential uplift for PV from improved building standards and incentives for the retrofitting of solar on buildings. Alongside the familiar refrain demanding reform of the planning process, today’s report also emphasizes the importance of keeping solar eligible for the biennial contracts-for-difference national renewable energy tenders, hinting at a fear the government might again be preparing to remove photovoltaics from the regime.
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On the face of it, solar and Scotland do not appear to be happy bedfellows – why pursue sunshine energy in the land of leaden skies and dreich days? But solar is the plucky underdog in the world of Scottish renewables and the distinctive panels are becoming a more familiar sight across our communities. And what’s more, they’re set to become more even common. Industry body Solar Energy UK says it will double capacity by 2030. It argues current UK capacity actually needs to treble if we are to hit climate change targets. There is a 13MW solar farm in Errol, Perthshire. On opening it was the nation’s largest. Smaller solar units are generating power across Angus and Fife as well as Perthshire. For example, the 4MW array by Wormit in the Kingdom. There is also an ongoing application to build a giant 50MW farm at Berryhill in Angus. The panels use photovoltaic tech to turn daylight into electrical power. They don’t need scorching sun or a south facing spot (though like most of us they won’t say no to a spell or two…) Our daylight hours, therefore, are sufficient for the panels, especially in the summer months.
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