UK solar heavyweights welcome ‘encouraging’ CfD return

solar panelsA collection of the UK’s solar stalwarts have welcomed the government’s consultation on allowing solar and onshore wind back into the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme.

Details on the consultation emerged on Tuesday (2 March 2020) before being fully unveiled that evening. The document details proposals to include so-called Pot I technologies into future allocation rounds after they were barred from the scheme after just the first allocation round. Continue reading “UK solar heavyweights welcome ‘encouraging’ CfD return”

Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says

New strategy could see third of British electricity coming from offshore wind by 2030

A new government deal with industry could see nearly a third of British electricity generated by offshore wind farms by 2030.

If successful, officials say the plan would see more electricity being generated by renewables than fossil fuels for the first time in UK history, with 70 per cent coming from low-carbon sources.

Currently offshore wind provides just 7 per cent of British power, but this would be boosted to 30 per cent by the end of the next decade.

Not everyone is convinced by the announcement, with some environmentalists warning renewables would have to be scaled up even further as the nation’s nuclear ambitions floundered.

According to the government, its promised green power “revolution” would bring 27,000 jobs to the energy sector. Continue reading “Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says”