Posted September 30, 2020 11:06:16The UK will have more solar capacity than the US by 2030, according to a new report.
The Solar Foundation (SFS) says the UK is expected to generate more than three times as much solar power than the USA in 2030.
The SFS has predicted the UK could generate more solar power by 2030 than the UK produces in 2016.
Solar energy is booming in Europe and has overtaken coal in recent years.
The UK had about 7.2 gigawatts of solar power capacity in 2016, the SFS said.
Solar power is expected continue to grow in the UK until 2030, as demand is projected to rise.
The report, released today, said: “The UK is inching ever closer to the target of generating half of its energy from solar energy by 2030.”
The UK has more solar energy than the United States by 2030.
The UK’s share of global solar power has grown from less than 1 per cent in 2014 to about 12 per cent now.
The US, which has about 80 per cent of the world’s installed solar capacity, has been leading the way for solar energy.
The United States is expected by the end of 2020 to have about 80,000 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity.
China is expected, on average, to have more than 30 GW of solar energy capacity.
The biggest growth is expected in China.
Solar photovoltaic capacity in the country rose by 17 per cent last year.
Australia has also experienced a dramatic rise in PV capacity, with solar PV capacity up 17 per per cent year on year last year to more than 2GW.
The latest data shows that the UK has about 4GW of solar photovoleum capacity, compared to about 2GW in 2016 and just over 1GW in 2010.
The energy and climate change secretary, Amber Rudd, said the UK’s plan to have 1GW of new solar capacity by 2030 was “a real breakthrough”.
“We are not alone in this ambitious ambition,” she said.
“We will have the capacity to meet the demand of this emerging energy and the future of the UK economy.”
This is the kind of ambitious, forward-looking, flexible and flexible energy we should be aiming for.
“The government has promised to have a national solar programme by 2020.