November 25, 2020

The UK green energy transition neglects solar energy

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The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under fire for not including solar energy in his plan for the UK’s transition to clean energy. The Solar Trade Association lamented over the leader’s decision to exclude solar energy from his enumerated plan. The Solar Trade Association explained that the government was willingly avoiding solar energy from its strategy even though it could be the most affordable renewable energy source later on.

The association pointed out that the ten-point plan to switch to green energy is a repetition of what is already under consideration. The association called unto the government to promise to supply 40GW of solar power before the end of this decade. This move is what the association thinks can reveal its determination to support the migration to an emission-free society.

The CEO of the association, Chris Hewett, reiterated that it is disheartening that the Prime Minister’s list of strategies does not consider renewable energy’s potential to power the UK economy. He added that solar power is the most affordable renewable energy and can also create employment opportunities and business ideas for the entire nation.

Hewett explained that the disregard for solar energy by Boris Johnson might be uncalled for since the market can prove him wrong by its performance.  The chief executive revealed that London had secured a contract that will facilitate the uptake of solar energy all over the city. For instance, solar system installations are proceeding after the pandemic’s first wave, with other energy companies swearing to take this direction to remain relevant in the industry.

Hewett argues that the emission-free objective is achievable once the metrics of economics are factored into the regulations. Elsewhere, Scottish Renewables welcomed the Prime Minister’s strategies, terming them crucial in the fight against climate change. Nevertheless, the agency explained that the country ought to start preparing the resources to implement these ideas. Morag Watson, who oversees the policy implementation to facilitate electricity supply from renewables, said that Scotland would be looking at an unprecedented future unless they start preparing to embrace the changes.

Watson explained that the government must support the technical inventions that Scotland is developing, like tidal and wave energy, to generate electricity. Additionally, Scotland is exploring green hydrogen to bring in diversity in the renewable energy mix. In conclusion, the UK is on the right path to switch to renewable energy. Hopefully, the leaders can consider the Solar Trade Association’s arguments to ensure that all stakeholders support this noble direction.

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