Despite its high number of rainy days, the United Kingdom said solar power will play a crucial role in meeting renewable energy and carbon reduction goals. The Department of Energy and Climate Change aims to have 15 percent of all energy coming from renewable sources by 2020 and to cut emissions 34 percent by that year, Bloomberg reported.
Solar photovoltaic power is among nine other technologies slated to add renewable energy output in the United Kingdom. From January to June of this year, solar capacity increased to 1.4 gigawatts after prices for PV technology fell 50 percent. In the United Kingdom, which just had its rainiest summer since 1912, solar radiation is about 6 percent lower than in Germany, according to Bloomberg.
Yet, government officials are optimistic solar will be a major player in the renewable energy market.
“Renewable energy is increasingly powering the U.K.’s grid, and the economy too,” said Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, in the statement. “I am determined that we get ahead in the global race on renewables and build on the big-money investments we’ve seen.”
Large solar and offshore wind projects added this year have helped put the United Kingdom on track for meeting its renewable energy goals, Reuters reported. In the 12 months ending in June, renewable energy accounted for more than 10 percent of the total electricity supplied.