The Government today launched its highly anticipated Clean Growth Strategy. The 165-page document sets out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy and explains how the country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change.
According to leading renewables developer Anesco, the strategy has finally provided a level of certainty for the sector.
Steve Shine, Executive Chairman of Anesco, commented: “Innovative companies in the cleantech sector like Anesco need government to set out a cohesive, documented pathway for the role that renewables will play for the UK moving forward. Importantly, we need greater certainty for the sector and to increase investor confidence – as investors will play a major role in whether any vision becomes a reality.
“The clean growth strategy launched today has gone some way towards meeting those objectives, with lots of positives regarding innovation, investment and promises of ambitious future proposals.
“We particularly welcome support for energy storage and also the commercial and industrial sector which is lagging far behind the US in its speed of development. However, we do need to see tangible action to support investors in solar energy – it is now both affordable and subsidy free and we hope that the promised update later this year will provide much needed long-term certainty for the solar industry.
“So, while there is still a long way to go, it does at least show the Government is taking clean energy seriously, following a period of instability, but actions speak louder than words and it is what happens from this point forward that really matters.”
Minister for Climate Change Claire Perry MP, officially opened Anesco’s Clayhill Solar Farm on 26 September 2017. The site was the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm and combines 10MW solar PV with 6MW energy storage.
Anesco has five similar projects under development, along with a solar farm portfolio that exceeds 101 sites. The company is also the leading energy storage developer in the UK and is on track to have installed 185MW of storage by the end of 2018.