PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes DfT funding for innovative solar technology trials

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
31 January 2019

Today the Department for Transport published plans to fund trials of two distinct and innovative solar technologies which could help decarbonise Britain’s railways and future-proof its roads.

A project which sees solar panels used to directly power trains has won a share of a £1.75million pot allocated to carbon-cutting rail schemes [1], while two projects, in Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire, are set to test the potential of solar at surface-level, receiving £4.49million and £1.05million respectively to trial solar roads and footways [2].

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “It is fantastic to see solar innovation being championed in the UK. This kind of leadership gives Britain the potential to be at the forefront of the clean, smart energy revolution. That said, it is imperative Government backs tried and tested renewable energy technologies too, and we hope that this is a sign of greater things to come in terms of support for solar, given the challenges facing the industry at present.


 Notes to editors
[1] Carbon-cutting rail schemes share in multi-million pound government funding boost:

[2] Technological trials to help future proof roads:

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