Solar Energy Scotland has called on the government to set a minimum target of 4GW of installed solar capacity by 2030, as it asks it to raise its game. The Scottish government is already proposing 8-12GW onshore and 11GW offshore wind targets, but there is not a target for solar. An ambition of up to 6GW of solar would be possible, although for the moment the trade association is calling for 4GW. In order for the country to deliver its ‘fair share’ of UK solar power potential, as well as to support thousands of new jobs and generate low-cost energy, the government much increase its ambition. “For too long solar has been largely overlooked and suffered unconscious bias that Scotland’s weather better suits other renewable energy technologies that harness power from wind and water,” said Thomas McMillan, chair of Solar Energy Scotland. “As a technology, solar can generate both electricity and heat, it is modular so can be deployed as a micro-renewable or at utility scale. It can be located in rural locations or urban centres. It can be partnered with a broad range of other technologies such as wind, battery, hydrogen and electric vehicles. It can make more efficient use of the electricity grid. Most importantly it has reduced in cost by 60% since 2010 making it low cost and affordable.” Solar Energy Scotland identified a number of government policy interventions that could boost solar deployment, and level the playing field between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
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