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Can solar transform the UK?

June 9, 2017 featured image

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its ‘Great British Solar Manifesto’ highlighting the contribution solar can make to the well-being and prosperity of Britain over the next Parliament.

What is the Great British Solar Manifesto?

The Great British Solar Manifesto shows how solar contributions could benefit the UK. This includes thousands of jobs, lower carbon, lower energy bills, billions of investment, smart energy infrastructure, better energy security, cleaner air, empowered communities and consumers, widespread enterprise and innovation as well as modern new buildings.

Did you know that in less than a decade solar has transformed the future of energy?

This means that 882,228 homes now have solar power, communities; wholesale electricity prices have been lowered; cost reductions over this period of more than 70% have been unprecedented; and solar growth has catalysed the development of smart local networks and technologies, including storage and EVs.

However the deployment of solar has dropped by 80% when compared to average deployment over the past 7 years.

You can find the manifesto here:

Paul Barwell, CEO said:

“Whichever party wins this election – they should remember that solar has already won the public vote on energy by a landslide. Every day people recognise the overwhelming benefits solar offers, from cheap power to very real control over energy bills. If politicians really want to transform choice and competition in the energy market for good, their efforts are best spent making solar power and storage accessible to the millions of people and businesses who want it.

“Unlocking the benefits of solar will be easy for the next government because we are not looking for new subsidies. However, the industry now urgently needs energy policy to work on a level playing field, with the grain of market forces, while properly costing carbon. We also need fair tax treatment and effective regulation, including for new build, smart networks and business carbon performance.”

“The speed and direction of technology change is clear. The global solar market is estimated in trillions. Solar sits at the heart of a smart energy system that can save the UK billions. If we are to seize these tremendous opportunities in energy, the next government will enable the solar Britain that pretty much everybody wants, and become a global leader in decentralised smart flexible power.”

With the election results in and an air of uncertainty surrounding the UK it remains to be seen if Solar issues will come to the fore.

We hope to see a greater emphasis on the technology in the coming years and also, re-open our solar pv and thermal courses.

If you have an interest in Solar Installer training please contact us.

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