PRESS RELEASE: Industry Leaders Scale Up Vision to Meet Net Zero

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
13 June 2019

Today market-leading British solar company Solarcentury, in collaboration with LUT University and Energy Watch Group, has published new analysis into the technical potential for UK solar deployment over the next decade. [1]

According to the study, the UK could have the potential to increase solar deployment by 2030 to 80GW, more than six times current levels. Such scale of deployment could lead to the creation of 200,000 green jobs in the UK. This would represent a step change and mean a significant proportion of UK buildings would have solar and battery storage. At its height the UK solar industry installed 4GW in a single year in the UK, so with the right market framework and improvements to the grid, this potential could be realised.

Leonie Greene, Director of New Markets at the STA said: “This ambitious report illustrates the growing potential and confidence in the solar industry. It is ambition like this which will put us on track to net zero. Solar is affordable, popular and proven but Government, network providers and regulators must deliver an effective market framework. This would enable business and the public to embrace this technology at an unprecedented rate to tackle the climate emergency. The industry stands ready to deliver solutions, at scale, and to continue to innovate at an extraordinary rate, delivering clean growth and jobs over the coming years.”

The UK currently has just over 13GW of solar deployed, and STA forecasts project the industry could deploy 4-7GW of subsidy-free solar over the next four years amid falling costs. [2] Analysis published by the STA predicts the levellised cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar could fall below £40/MWh before 2030 under a stable policy framework [3] The announcement comes during the same week that the UK is set to legislate for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [4]

 

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Notes to editors

[1] Solarcentury – UK significantly underestimating role of solar on path to net zero: https://www.solarcentury.com/uk-significantly-underestimating-role-of-solar-on-path-to-net-zero/

[2] Solar Trade Association – The End of the Solarcoaster: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/the-end-of-the-solarcoaster/

[3] Solar Trade Association – Cost of UK Large-Scale Solar Could Drop Below £40/MWh: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/cost-of-uk-large-scale-solar-could-drop-below-40mwh-by-2030/

[4] Solar Trade Association – Industry calls for action to follow landmark Net Zero legislation: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/industry-calls-for-action-to-follow-landmark-net-zero-legislation/

 

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The mission of the Solar Trade Association is to empower the UK solar transformation. We are paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. We represent both solar heat and power plus energy storage, and have a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for all three technologies.