PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry responds to PM’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution

Solar Trade Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 November 2020

The Government has today published a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution. [1] Despite being the most cost-effective electricity generating technology for the foreseeable future according to the Government’s own forecasts [2], solar was noticeably absent from the Prime Minister’s announcement, which is largely a repackaging of policies already announced earlier this year.

While the Government has yet to make its ambitions for UK solar clear there is lively activity taking place in other parts of the public sector. The City of London has today announced a new 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with developer Voltalia, which will see a 50MW solar park built in Dorset to supply the City with clean power. [3]

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “It is disappointing that Number 10 has yet to grasp the opportunity presented by solar in the UK. Not only is it set to be the cheapest power source for years to come, it also provides good jobs and business opportunities up and down the country.”

“Whilst the Prime Minister might have a blind spot for solar, decisions in the market are likely to outpace his thinking. Today the City of London signed a 15-year deal to fund a new solar park, residential solar installations have already bounced back to pre-pandemic levels, all major utilities are expanding their solar ambitions and costs continue to fall. Delivering net-zero is now as much about economics as it is policy.”

Solar continues to be the UK’s most popular energy technology, [4] and more than 3GW of projects in the planning pipeline are ready for development.

The STA is calling on the Government to pledge a target of 40GW of solar by 2030, triple today’s capacity, to support a green recovery and the transition to a net zero economy. [5]

 

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Editors notes:

[1] Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street – PM outlines his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-outlines-his-ten-point-plan-for-a-green-industrial-revolution-for-250000-jobs

[2] Solar Trade Association – Solar PV forecast as cheapest power generating technology in UK for years to come : https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/solar-pv-forecast-as-cheapest-power-generating-technology-in-uk-for-years-to-come/

[3] City of London – City’s ‘pioneering’ green energy deal could be blueprint for local authorities: https://news.cityoflondon.gov.uk/citys-pioneering-green-energy-deal-could-be-blueprint-for-local-authorities/

[4] Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker: Wave 33: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/beis-public-attitudes-tracker-wave-33

[5] Solar Trade Association – STA calls for Government to commit to 2030 solar target to drive green recovery: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/sta-calls-for-government-to-commit-to-2030-solar-target-to-drive-green-recovery/

 

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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.