U.K. Energy Minister Greg Barker is expected to announce his plans to install up to 4 million solar energy panels on government land and buildings, The Daily Telegraph reported. The new initiative would provide 1 gigawatt of power generation as part of Barker's push to make the U.K. a leader in renewable energy generation.
Barker has said his ambition is to see up to 22 GW of solar power installed in Britain by 2020, said the source. One-third of this could come from residential solar rooftop installations, one third on large buildings like commercial sites, and one third in solar farms, said the Solar Trade Association.
“Solar farms have an important role to play delivering green power at low cost. Done well solar farms can also actively help boost British biodiversity by providing wildlife sancturies," Leonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association said. "Only 5 percent of the land a solar farm is on is taken up with fixings, so 95 percent of the land remains available to other uses. The solar industry is moving to make sure much of that land is used to help our threatened flora and fauna."