The UK is exceptionally poor on renewable heat and has almost the lowest contribution in Europe. The solar thermal market has collapsed in recent years due to inadequate support.
The UK renewable energy target is 15% – leaving huge scope for advancing the heat and transport sub-targets. However, the £1 Plan would safeguard the solar power sector.
‘We are all for urgent action on renewable heat, but a sensible approach to renewable power does not, as Rudd suggests, mean ‘abandoning’ heat. There is plenty of scope to strongly ramp up renewable heat while providing a sensible framework to safeguard public investment in the British solar industry. It is not either/or.
‘We are not on track to meet the 2020 targets, investor confidence has been severely damaged by recent policy chaos, the world is halfway to dangerous climate change – the UK does not have a minute to waste to get its solar industry back on track.’
Leonie Greene, Solar Trade Association