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UK solar industry expects growth with new Labour government

Solar Energy UK expects Labour's election victory to drive growth in the solar and energy storage sectors, urging the new government to implement key policies to achieve clean energy goals

Labour‘s election victory is anticipated to advance the solar and energy storage industries significantly, according to trade association Solar Energy UK.

Solar Energy UK is calling on the new government to publish an ambitious Solar Roadmap, already prepared by the Solar Taskforce and to increase the budget for the upcoming Contracts for Difference Allocation Round.

These steps are seen as essential for unlocking investment, creating green jobs, and generating cheaper electricity.

Labour has pledged to work with the private sector to triple solar power by 2030, aiming for 50 gigawatts of solar generation capacity by that date.

The UK is expected to have around 20GW of solar power and 8GW of battery storage by the end of the year, with projections of 30GW of zero-carbon storage by the end of the decade.

The party’s manifesto highlights the need to address grid connection delays, identifying the state of electricity networks as a major obstacle to clean power generation and industrial electrification.

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of Solar Energy UK, said: “To meet Labour’s objective of decarbonising the grid by the end of the decade, it must hit the ground running.

“That means embracing solar by making swift ministerial decisions on nationally significant solar projects, mandating solar on new homes and revamping the Solar Taskforce’s draft Solar Roadmap to align with the ambitious goal of 50GW of solar capacity by 2030.”

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