Government unveils solar review
Commenting on the review of the financial support given to solar power, announced by the Government today (Tuesday 13 May 2014), Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Alasdair Cameron said:
“This review shows that the Government’s renewables strategy is in some disarray and struggling to catch up with developments.
“Every time a renewable energy technology starts to do well it gets hit by a wave of Government uncertainty, which pushes up costs and threatens jobs and investment.
“Attacking large-scale solar parks, while doing almost nothing to boost rooftop systems, is another sign of this Government’s piecemeal approach to policy making. Solar power is cheap, popular and essential for tackling climate change and energy security.
“UK renewables should be the cornerstone of future UK energy policy – not fracking. But yet again the Government has totally underestimated its potential.”
Notes to editors:
1. DECC press release on solar review: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ensuring-value-for-money-and-maintaining-investment-in-renewable-energy
2. According to a DECC survey published last month, 80% of the public support renewable power, while only 29% back fracking: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/306898/summary_of_key_findings_wave_9.pdf.
3. Friends of the Earth’s new Schools Run On Sun campaign aims to make it easier for schools to install solar panels and save thousands of pounds through clean energy. Research shows schools could save up to £8,000 per year with solar panels – more money to spend on other things. But many schools struggle to afford the upfront costs of solar panels, which is why Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to allow schools to borrow funds. Solar schools are the first step in making better use of clean energy right across our towns and neighbourhoods. For more information and to help schools go solar, visit http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/help_schools_go_solar_41960.html.
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