‘Sensitively sited’ solar PV will at the heart of growth in Britain’s renewables according to Energy Minister Greg Barker.
Speaking ahead of the launch of the ‘Roadmap to a Brighter Future’ – which lays out how the Government will work with businesses and industry to keep up the expansion in solar capacity – Mr Barker said: “The Coalition is committed to delivering the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs, at the lowest possible cost to consumers.
“Solar PV can play a central role in meeting this challenge. It’s a genuinely exciting energy technology, which has already seen rapid growth and enjoys strong public support. I want this growth to continue and to help us push further ahead in the global race – but new solar installations must be sensitive to public opinion and mindful of wider environmental and visual impacts.”
The Energy Minister is launching the new roadmap today at Solar Energy UK 2013 in Birmingham. The roadmap leads on to the UK’s first Solar PV strategy, which will be published in spring next year.
As well as reiterating the need for solar PV to be cost effective and deliver genuine carbon reductions, the report highlights the importance of siting solar farms properly – by giving enough weight to environmental considerations and enabling local communities to influence decisions.
It also emphasises the need to assess the impact of solar PV on grid system balancing, grid connectivity and financial incentives to ensure solar can be deployed in high volumes.
A recent report from IHS predicted global solar installation will hit a three-year high in 2014.