The UK government has announced clean power auctions for onshore wind and solar in order to support the decarbonisation targets, in addition to keeping the cost of energy less for bill-payers.
Sources reveal that the STA has welcomed the news and decision will foster jobs and growth in the renewable sector, thus helping to endorse clean power.
The recent announcement anticipates that UK’s solar power capacity will triple by 2030 in order to stay on track with the Government’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Reports suggest there are at present more than 7GW of solar projects in the pipeline.
STA further also determines that the deployment of large-scale solar will also augment local biodiversity across the UK. A growing body of scientific evidence states that well-designed and well-managed ground-mount solar installations will uplift wildlife habitats, in addition to also contributing to national biodiversity targets.
The STA further also determines that solar parks will have several advantages, compared to other landscapes. They will require little use of pesticides herbicides or fertilisers. These come with ecological features such as drainage ponds and hedgerows, and can be designed to optimise their habitat value.
The newly launched policy is STA’s most significant priority for 2020. The Contracts for Differences auction will provide deployment of cleanest, cheapest forms of power generation and will allegedly cut costs to consumers by £200 million – £300 million annually.