Solar again overlooked in UK’s £557m clean energy support package

Confirmation of sizeable financial support for offshore wind, marine power, biomass CHP and energy from waste welcomed by renewable energy groups, but government’s solar blind spot continues.

The U.K.’s Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Solar Trade Association (STA) have both applauded today’s government announcement that it will make available £557 million ($735 million) for ‚less established‘ clean energy technologies, but were quick to remind ministers that it is now two-and-a-half years since solar was last given access to clean power support.

Energy minister Richard Harrington MP confirmed that the sum would be made available in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, scheduled for 2019. The budget is designed to support those clean energy technologies deemed less well-established, including offshore wind – despite the U.K. boasting one of the world’s strongest offshore wind fleets – energy from waste, marine power and biomass CHP.

Onshore wind and solar power will once again be blocked from competing for subsidy – a fact that was met with dismay by the REA.

„The last auction showed what government support and consistency can do for an industry, with offshore wind showing incredible cost reductions,“ said REA head of policy and external affairs James Court. „Yet we still find ourselves in a situation where the government …

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