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Skidmore Review calls for ‘solar revolution’

Solar Energy UK

13 January 2023

The British solar industry warmly welcomes Chris Skidmore MP’s review of net zero policy.

Solar Energy UK Chief Executive Chris Hewett said:
“It’s no surprise that solar energy, one of the cheapest and greenest sources of power, has been backed so strongly in Chris Skidmore’s review of how to reach net zero while maximising economic growth.

We very much hope that Whitehall will embrace his calls to establish a joint taskforce with the solar industry to work on a roadmap for reaching 70 GW of solar by 2035 – about four and a half times what we have now.

The number one priority of this group will have to be unblocking access to the grid – which is pushing back the completion of many large projects well into the next decade. In time, it should lead to a sector deal, like those agreed for aerospace, construction, offshore wind power and other industries.
Skidmore is also right to demand the replacement of stop-start policies with certainty for investors, and for a ‘rooftop revolution’, including access to low-cost finance for residential installations and a general right to put solar power on rooftops.”

The review is available here.

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