PRESS RELEASE: STA welcomes milestone for UK solar

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
28 May 2020

Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has taken the decision to approve planning permission for Cleve Hill Solar Park, which is set to be the largest solar park ever constructed in the UK. [1]

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “Today the Government has shown that it recognises the vital contribution solar can make to Britain’s energy mix. This is a major milestone on the road towards a UK powered by clean, affordable renewables.”

“Solar has a significant role to play in boosting the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. With the right policies we can expect to see an 8GW pipeline of solar projects unlocked and rapidly deployed, swiftly creating a wealth of skilled jobs and setting us on the path towards a green recovery.”




Editors notes:

[1] Cleve Hill Solar Park Project granted development consent:

[2] There is approximately 13.5GW of solar currently deployed in the UK, of which 99.95% are ‘small-scale’ installations (less than 5MW in size):


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