Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, commented on the industry’s achievement, stating: “Solar really deserves recognition in the Government’s renewable energy strategy now. With the price coming down like it is, there is no reason for it not to fill a prominent part in UK energy for 2020 and beyond. It needs re-examining in light of this milestone.
The installation of 1GW capacity in the UK follows the Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker’s commitment to see 22GW of solar capacity installed in the UK by 2020. The minister hopes that cumulative installs over the next three years will amount to 4.3GW. Barker expects a further 3.5GW of solar to be installed before the end of the Coalition’s term.