Doing solar business in the UK

● Speech by Gregory Barker, Minister of State, to the Intersolar Conference on 18 June 2013 ● Pleasure to be here in Intersolar, one of the biggest solar conferences in the world… 1500 exhibitors, 50,000 visitors. Apt also to be in Germany, a huge solar market. A huge 32GW deployed to date. Germany made huge leaps forward in the last decade and now enjoys extraordinary levels of deployed solar power. There is much we can learn from her experience. But I want to leave you with one simple message from my speech: Great Britain is now the most exciting growth market for solar in Europe. And there are three prime reasons why the UK should be the destination of choice for any solar company looking to invest in Europe: First, our UK domestic market has the greatest growth potential in the EU Second, the UK has a reformed, robust and fully-financed support framework for renewables, set all the way to 2020 and beyond And third, we are an emerging global hub for advanced manufacturing Let me take those in turn. But before I do so, let me set the context. The UK was the first country in the world to pass binding legislation through our national parliament to enshrine in law, our commitment to tackle dangerous man-made climate change. We have legislated to unilaterally reduce CO2 emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. To achieve this, the UK Government is totally committed to building a world-class renewables industry. Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron restated this historic commitment. He said: “When I became Prime Minister I said I wanted Britain to have the greenest government ever. I am as committed to that today as I was then. But I want to go further”. He was also crystal clear what he meant by ‘go further’. He said he wants to ‘make Britain a global showcase for green innovation and energy efficiency’. And: ‘one of the best places for green energy, green investment, and crucially for green jobs anywhere in the world’ ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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