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LARGE SCALE SOLAR: PLANNING THE ROUTE TO NET ZERO

4 November 2021
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Climate change is arguably the most pressing global issue of our time, and governments across the world must act fast to drastically cut emissions across all sectors of their economies.

Date
4 November 2021
Time
9:00 – 10:30
Venue
Online webinar
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Price
Free to attend

The Climate Change Act 2008 was amended in 2019 to commit the UK to reaching ‘Net Zero’ by 2050, and the energy sector will need to play a major role in meeting that target.

The government expects renewable energy, such as solar and wind, to be the predominant source of energy generation by 2050. Solar currently amounts to 14GW of installed capacity in the UK but to reach net zero, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) considers that the UK needs to target 85GW of solar by 2050. That’s approximately 2.5GW per year from now!

Solar projects are now one of the cheapest forms of electricity generation and can now be viable without government subsidy, but is enough being done by government to allow the CCC’s 85GW target to be met ahead of time? 

This joint BDB Pitmans and Renewable Energy Association (REA) webinar will explore some of the challenges and opportunities faced by large scale solar developers in locating sites, securing planning consent and getting developments operational well in advance of 2050.

Key themes that will be discussed include:

  • Whether the planning system for medium and large scale solar is fit for purpose;
  • Whether recently proposed changes to national planning policy for large scale solar go far enough;
  • The ‘subsidy-free’ funding world and whether alternative funding mechanisms are appropriate or necessary; and
  • Grid capacity availability issues.

On what will be Energy Day at COP26 (the UN Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow, Nina Skorupska CBE, CEO of the REA, will join us live from COP26 to introduce the webinar.

The expert panel members, who will be providing their perspectives on the webinar’s themes, will include Hugh Brennan from solar developer, Hive EnergySarah Price from DWD Planning consultantsJonathan Selwyn from Bluefield DevelopmentMark Sommerfeld, Head of Power and Flexibility at the REA; and Richard Marsh, partner at BDB Pitmans.

We will conclude with Q&A from the audience.

Register for your place by clicking here or by using the RSVP button on this mailing.

The session will be held using Zoom, a link will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email and will also be re-sent on the morning of the webinar.

We hope you can join us.


This event is organised by fellow member BDB Pitman’s and open to attend