PRESS RELEASE: Industry praises Labour Party’s decarbonised energy ambitions

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
24 October 2019

Today (24 October 2019) the Labour Party published an expert briefing outlining its ambitions for the decarbonisation of heat and power by 2030. [1] In the briefing, the party specifies a target of 35GW of solar PV deployment by 2030, and recommends delivering this via a range of policies, including a technology-neutral ‘floor-price’ Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism [2], prioritising PV plus storage as a solution to grid congestion, and removing the Climate Change Levy (CCL) on corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We welcome the ambition of the Labour target for carbon reduction by 2030 and the impact that might have on solar deployment. The solar industry has a track record of responding to policy drivers with a speed and scale often underestimated by traditional energy analysts. I’ve no doubt we will rise to the climate challenge over the next ten years.”

Solar power is the UK’s most popular energy generation technology, consistently scoring over 80% in BEIS public attitude tracker polls. [3] 6/10 households want solar and battery storage for their homes at some point in the future. [4] STA analysis estimates 4-7GW of subsidy-free solar could be deployed between 2019 and 2023. [5]

 

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Editors notes:

[1] Labour Party – Thirty Recommendations by 2030: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ThirtyBy2030report.pdf

[2] Cornwall insight – Cornwall Insight’s CfD floor price proposal gains traction as STA calls for government to adapt policy: https://www.cornwall-insight.com/newsroom/all-news/cornwall-insight-s-cfd-floor-price-proposal-gains-traction-as-sta-calls-for-government-to-adapt-policy

[3] Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker September 2018 (Wave 27): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/754515/W27_Summary_Report.pdf

[4] ClientEarth – Climate Snapshot August 2018: https://www.documents.clientearth.org/wp-content/uploads/library/2018-08-20-clientearths-climate-snapshot-coll-en.pdf

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

 

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Background on the Solar Trade Association:

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.