UK Solar Taskforce raises the roof

May 29, 2023 11:38 AM ET
  • ' Untapped potential of commercial structures might change nation's solar energy'
UK Solar Taskforce raises the roof

Schools, storehouses as well as car parks could be at the leading edge of a transformation in affordable solar energy, under plans gone over at the first conference of the UK government's new Solar Taskforce.

London has a clear target to increase solar capacity by virtually five-fold to 70GW by 2035 as part of broader plans to power Britain with cleaner, less costly and also more protected energy sources. Even when this is fulfilled, the UK would be utilizing just an extremely small percentage of its land mass for photovoltaic panels.

Already over a million UK homes have solar panels fitted to their roofings, supplying reliable power while dramatically decreasing consumer bills as well as creating countless jobs. However, the taskforce, led by Energy Minister Graham Stuart (over left) as well as Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett (above right) highlighted the untapped potential of business structures, schools, storage facilities as well as car parks.

" Households across the UK are currently doing their bit to provide cleaner, less expensive as well as a lot more protected power sources with the solar panels on their roofing systems-- yet with acres of rooftop space on car parks and also supermarkets in every community, we can be doing much more," said Stuart.

" This new specialized Solar Taskforce will certainly have a laser-like concentrate on reducing the costs and breaking down the obstacles to taking advantage of the power of the sun in every means we can, all while using a small fraction of this country's land," he added.

" Doing so will certainly make a substantial payment to enhancing our power protection, cutting individuals's bills and also providing long-lasting jobs."

Hewett added: "Installing roof solar power, whether at property or commercial range, is just one of the most effective investments readily available, supplying dramatic financial savings on energy bills and the chance to be spent for sending excess power to the grid. The benefits can additionally be greatly enhanced by adding a battery storage system.

" Solar is one of the most popular kind of power generation amongst the British public and also consumer demand has actually never been higher, though the rate of rooftop installation have to increase to aid strike 70GW by 2035. The variety of solar ranches will additionally have to increase substantially. I am delighted we now have market leaders working straight with the government to solve the stumbling blocks and also maximise the benefits that solar power offers to the country."

Part of the conversation at the first meeting of the taskforce was how to drive even more rooftop installation, such as allowing expense reductions for households and also companies aiming to set up solar panels, to ensure that a lot more can reap the benefits of solar energy such as minimizing their bills.

The body additionally discussed plans to publish a solar roadmap in 2024 to drive onward the activities needed to deliver the UK's 2035 target; upskill and also increase the solar workforce; and also identify possibilities to secure durable supply chains within the global market.

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