A European first as UK government launches Solar Strategy

The UK government today announced its Solar Strategy, the first such strategic document dedicated to solar by any European Union government.

It will entail the creation of 'solar hubs' whereby commercial and public sector buildings deploy solar arrays onsite, effectively shifting the focus of the market towards mid- to large-scale rooftop installations. It also reasserts the government's goal to deliver 20 GW of solar capacity by 2020 and sets out a new ambition to double the number of domestic rooftop solar arrays in the UK to one million homes by 2015.
Greg Barker
The announcement made by Energy Minister Greg Barker - at a Solar Strategy conference session at event SunSolar Energy in Birmingham - is a statement of intent by the UK government that it is seeking to play a more influential role in the global solar sector, estimated to be around 46 GW by analysts from Deutsche Bank.

That 46 GW represents a 50 per cent increase in existing installed capacity.

Barker said: “We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious strategy will place us right at the cutting edge.

“There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations and we must seize the opportunity this offers to boost our economy as part of our long term economic plan.

“Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

Ministers have also set a target of delivering 1 GW of capacity on public buildings by 2020 and will set out plans for the first 500 MW of installations later this year.

The conference session was co-chaired by Solar Trade Association (STA) PV Specialist Ray Noble and chaired by STA Chief Executive Paul Barwell.

Barwell said: “It’s a clever move by the UK government to start strategising to maximise its stake in a global market estimated at $134bn by 2020. With The Royal Society, the IPCC and even Shell  anticipating solar could be the world’s biggest energy source, the UK needs to make the most of its R&D, product design and manufacturing skills to steal a march in the global clean energy race."

Noble said: “The Solar Strategy gives a clear signal that solar in the UK makes total sense. We still have work to do in developing solutions to some of the barriers but, working with government, these will be sorted during 2014. The message to the solar industry is full speed ahead and the message to the Minister is that we will achieve your ambition of 20GW.”
Solar power
Other highlights of the strategy include plans to work with BIS to increase economic opportunities for UK plc in solar, building on UK innovation leads; new industry collaboration on building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and the addressing removal of grid barriers that prevent the expansion of solar.

The strategy follows the 'Roadmap to a Brighter Future' which was published last October. It looks to showcase how the UK is at the forefront of innovation in solar PV and its importance in driving further cost reduction, meeting the challenges of balancing the electricity system, securing carbon lifecycle benefits, and identifying new financial models to help households invest.

For more solar power generation news

Follow Power Engineering International on Twitter




Related Articles

Fresh blow for wind power in Australia

Another blow has been dealt to the wind power industry in Australia with the news that a Senate committee has advocated new limits to the subsidisation of the technology.

German onshore wind growth slows

Germany has installed about one-third less onshore wind power capacity so far this year than during the same period in 2014, new analysis shows.

Latest Articles
Fukushima decommissioning

Tepco executives face trial over Fukushima incident

Three senior managers at Japanese utility Tepco have been indicted by a civilian judiciary panel to face criminal charges in relation to the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident in March 2011.

Hinkley Point C graphic info

EDF announces £1.3bn worth of contracts for Hinkley Point

EDF has announced a number of contracts for the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in southwest England.

Abbott

Fresh blow for wind power in Australia

Another blow has been dealt to the wind power industry in Australia with the news that a Senate committee has advocated new limits to the subsidisation of the technology.


Editor's Picks

EU flag

Luxembourg government working on Hinkley Point C legal objection

As promised earlier this year, the Luxembourg government intends to file a lawsuit against the European Commission decisio...
David Cameron and Werner Faymann

Nuclear chief says Austrian legal action ‘damaging to efforts to address climate change’

The Austrian government has finally filed its legal challenge against the deal that facilitates subsidies for a nuclear po...
 Schleswig-Holstein Climate Minister Robert Habeck

Federal states applying pressure on Merkel government over subsidies to nuclear

States with green party representation in Germany are calling on the German government to take action against the prospect...
Mike Baston of Euracoal

Future global power generation mix – the coal-fired power perspective

In our inaugural PEi Google Hangout, Mike Bostan, Policy Officer at Euracoal tells Power Engineering International's Diarm...
Faymann

Austrian PM confirms lawsuit against Hinkley decision ready in weeks

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has confirmed that his country will be registering its lawsuit against the European Com...

Editorial Guides

Lubrication Challenges for the Biogas Industry in 2015

The biogas industry is growing in importance as the world continues to look for alternative, clean energy sources. However...

Maximising Power Plant Efficiency

The need for power plants to operate at maximum efficiency and flexibility while cutting emissions is greater than ever be...

How to cut your OPEX

How to cut your OPEX In a constantly evolving electricity market, factors such as over capacity and low coal costs can pu...

Buyers Guide Companies

ComRent International LLC

Offers rentals, sales, and services of load banks for testing generators...

Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy is a global leader in innovative power and control techn...

ACOEM AB

ACOEM is a supplier of Fixturlaser's innovative and user-friendly equipm...

Fluid Energy Controls Inc

CCI Thermal Technologies Inc

A leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial heating and ...

Buyers Guide Products

Fixturlaser NXA Pro

This laser alignment system features many ...

Bore Measurement

Typical applications are full bore measure...

RETROFIT

Braden's retrofit strengths are divided in...

Air Filtration

Braden filtration offers a wide range of f...

Exhaust Systems

Leader in Exhaust Bypass, Simple Cycle, Ex...

Power Engineering International

Whitepapers

Bridging the Power Gap in Africa: Testing options to manage constrained short to medium term system operations

Around the world, existing power systems face increasingly constrained operations in the short to medium term with available ageing generation capacity.  In this paper, PLEXOS® has been used t...

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New challenges and opportunities are continually appearing thanks to dramatic developments in technology...

The bottom line: engine oil impact on engine reliability

A reliable and well-maintained gas-powered engine performs consistently and continuously, which can lead to a healthier bottom line for plant operators. There is a raised awareness around the need ...

Understanding Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers

In this webinar recording "Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers" (held originally in September 23, 2014) you will have a chance to learn about the phenomena and its importance to your ...

Latest Digital Edition

  Power
  Engineering
  International
Look Inside >
Cover
Current Issue

Article Archives for Power Engineering International Magazine