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Government re-opens the door for onshore wind and solar


As the climate change agenda continues to gain more and more momentum, the Government has confirmed that it will overturn David Cameron's previous commitment to restrict all onshore wind and solar projects across the UK.


Next year's CfD auctions will now accept bids from developers looking to develop onshore wind and solar schemes.


The precise level of funding available through the auction is yet to be determined, but government sources are optimistic the move can deliver net savings to billpayers.


The Guardian reported this morning that Business Secretary Alok Sharma is expected to argue that ending the UK's contribution to the climate crisis "means making the most of every technology available, and that includes backing more onshore wind and solar projects".


He is also expected to say that the government will make the changes "in a way that works for everyone, listening to local communities and giving them an effective voice in decisions that affect them".


As reported in Business Green today, Westminster sources indicated the government is set address concerns about the visual impact of new projects by announcing plans for new guidance for renewable energy developers that would ensure local communities are given a "more effective voice" on whether new wind farms go ahead.

With such a clear statement of intent from UK Government on this controversial issue, there will be a significant level of competition at next year's CfD auction, which can only be positive for delivering a cost efficient path towards net zero in the UK.


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