Solar’s role in delivering net zero is being vastly underestimated as new research reveals it could provide 20% of UK electricity by 2030. The research, carried out by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University in collaboration with Solarcentury, shows that solar capacity could increase by more than six times to 80GW by 2030, creating 200,000 jobs. The Energy Watch Group says that by 2050 70% of the world’s total energy can be provided by solar.
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Solar could bring 200,000 jobs to the UK by 2030 – but only with government backing. As the solar industry digests yesterday’s announcement by Theresa May of a net zero carbon ambition by 2050, developer Solarcentury says Downing Street is hugely underestimating the role PV can play in achieving that milestone. Citing analysis carried out by Berlin-based non-profit Energy Watch Group and Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology, Van den Heuvel said solar can supply 200,000 new jobs in the U.K. – part of 1.5 million across Europe – and 80 GW of power generation capacity by 2030. The chief executive of the London-based developer said the 13 GW of current installed capacity in Britain, in the form of 900 solar farms and 900,000 rooftop arrays, already supplies 4% of the nation’s electricity and that figure could rise to 20% over the next decade.
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