The Solar Trade Association (STA) has called for the next UK Government to put policies in place that will allow 40GW of solar power to be installed by 2030.

The industry body said it needed a “level playing field” for solar power, along with “progressive regulation” and “fair taxes”.

Energy networks also need to be modernised to cope with increased power from the sun.

Around 10GW of solar power would need to be installed over the coming parliament in order to reach the target, a near doubling of current capacity.

‘Choice and competition’

Paul Barwell, Chief Executive at the STA, said: “Whichever party wins this election, they should remember that solar has already won the public vote on energy by a landslide.

“Every day people recognise the overwhelming benefits solar offers, from cheap power to very real control over energy bills.

“If politicians really want to transform choice and competition in the energy market for good, their efforts are best spent making solar power and storage accessible to the millions of people and businesses who want it.”

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