Lighting the way: Making net-zero a reality with solar energy

Solar Energy UK has created and shared a landmark new report on how the UK’s solar capacity can be trebled by the end of the decade. Coming from one of the UK’s leading renewable energy Industry Bodies, here at Caplor Energy, we welcome this report as it gives us an optimistic outlook on the future for renewable energy. 

This report has left us with four key messages:

  1. While solar energy capacity is set to double over this decade, the UK must treble it to deliver net-zero.
  2. It has the possibility of delivering 13,000 jobs and delivering £17 billion in additional economic potential, supporting a green economic recovery.
  3. It will provide over 10% of the UK’s electricity, significantly cutting UK carbon emissions by 4.7% compared to 2019, displacing fossil fuels.
  4. To ensure the solar industry delivers the necessary contribution to the UK’s climate change, we need government intervention.

According to the Solar Energy UK, the UK has over 14GW of solar generation capacity, showing the strength of the UK Solar Industry. However, an analysis from the Climate Change Committee and independent bodies show that the UK will need to deploy at least 40GW of solar energy by 2030 it is to achieve a net-zero economy by 2050.  

What are the benefits of solar energy?

Solar energy can make a major contribution to the UK’s national objective. There is a constant growing scientific evidence that indicates how well-designed and well-managed solar power can benefit us: 

  • They help support wildlife habitats and can meaningfully contribute to achieving the UK’s national biodiversity and climate change targets.
  • They will continue to help create thousands of green jobs and support long term recovery after the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
  • It will help deliver a healthy local environment, supporting biodiversity and responsible land management. 
  • Solar Power is not only a renewable resource but cost-saving too. It is estimated that by using Solar PV alongside a storage system, will have repaid itself within a decade, but will also continue to make savings after that. 
  • The sun is an infinitely renewable energy resource.

 

Chief Executive of Solar Energy UK, Chris Hewett said: 

“Solar energy has come of age as a technology… it is now expanding across the world as one of the most flexible and affordable ways to deliver on climate change targets. 2021 to 2030 is critical for the prevention of dangerous climate change and solar plays a significant part in that story”. 

Although there are clear reasons why we need to reach the 2030 target, this report tells us it may not be possible without government intervention: 

“However, despite the strong growth that the UK solar industry has delivered in the last decade, and the continued growth projected. It is unlikely that the 40GW target will be reached without a higher level of policy ambition from the government”. 

What can we do to help achieve the 2030 target?

  • This report states clear policy reforms the government should implement to set the country on course for delivering 40GW of solar power by 2030 (pg. 7). 
  • It is important to note that the target should be viewed as a ‘floor’ and not a ‘ceiling’. The 2030 target is to enable the UK to remain on track to deliver net-zero by 2050 (pg. 16). 

We would like to encourage our Caplor community to share this report and message so we can help to reach the 40GW of solar PV capacity by 2030.

If you would like further information on how Solar PV can work for your home, business, or community, get in touch with us.

To read the full report, click here.