Thousands of jobs in pipeline if solar sector can treble up by 2030. Britain’s solar industry could treble in size by the end of the decade, creating thousands of jobs and helping the country deliver on its green goals, a new study indicates. Industry body Solar Energy UK has set out a roadmap to ramp up solar panel capacity over the next eight years. It calls for the UK government to show greater ambition for solar energy in the run up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow and sets a 40-gigawatt (GW) target, which could deliver 13,000 new jobs, £17 billion in additional economic activity and a 4.7 per cent cut in total UK carbon emissions. Under a “business-as-usual scenario”, UK solar capacity is set to more than double over the next decade, demonstrating the continued strength of the industry in the absence of government subsidy, the industry body noted. Trebling the nation’s solar energy capacity by 2030 could cut total UK carbon emissions by 21.2 million tonnes per year as fossil fuels are replaced with cleaner power, equating to 4.7 per cent of the UK’s emissions in 2019. Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett said: “Solar companies up and down the country are in a strong position to deliver the growth needed to meet the UK’s climate commitments.
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‘UK’s solar sector will double by 2030 – but to hit net zero it needs to triple’. The industry body claims 40GW of solar capacity must be in place by 2030 if the UK is to remain on target to reach net zero by 2050.
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Trade body Solar Energy UK said a roadmap it is set to publish later this morning would set out a pathway to ramp up the country’s solar power capacity to 40GW by 2030, the amount it said was required by the end of the decade to move the sector into line with the UK’s trajectory towards net zero emissions by 2050. Delivering on the new goal could deliver 13,000 new jobs by 2030, as well as a 4.7 per cent cut in the UK’s CO2 emissions amounting to 21.2 million tonnes a year, Solar Energy UK said.
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