Major UK Solar Projects Move Forward With Increased Certainty

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I've been writing a lot about what's happening with energy policy in the UK right now, but it's for good reason.

A slew of announcements about gigantic 1.2GW offshore wind farm developments and 32MW solar arrays suggests the fog that has been hovering over the UK renewable energy industry for the last few years may finally be lifting.

With the new Energy Bill comes new certainty in government support for renewables. And that certainty has only been improved by smaller than expected cuts to the existing Renwables Obligations Certificates (ROCs) scheme.

It's in this context that Solarcentury has just been awarded planning permission for a 6.2MW solar farm near Southampton - a project in which the pioneering solar provider will be acting as project developer for the first time - and councils in both Norfolk and Suffolk have voted in favor of granting planning permission for 4 more Solarcentury solar parks that combined will total 50MW in capacity once completed.

I guess this is what happens when industries have a predictable, long-term outlook on the policy environment. If emerging political battles are anything to go by, it looks like that's something the natural gas industry may become extremely envious of.

Tags: Renewable Energy | Solar Power | United Kingdom