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Planning changes to boost solar rollout

11 December 2023

New rules ease rooftop solar for homes and businesses, cutting planning hurdles. Minister Stuart highlights scrapping the 1MW restriction, supporting the 70GW target by 2035, creating jobs, reducing bills, and aligning with net-zero goals by 2050.

Streamlined Installation Process

Under recently announced rules, homes and businesses can more easily install rooftop solar panels.

Changes to development rights rules mean more property owners will be able to install solar panels without needing planning permission.

Those who have to go through the planning system are having to wait over eight weeks and face extra costs.

This will encourage more people to install solar panels, slashing energy bills in the process and reducing harmful emissions.

Industrial Solar Growth Unleashed

Energy Security and Net Zero Minister Graham Stuart MP said:

“… we are cutting through red tape to make it easier for businesses to install solar panels on their rooftops.

Removing the 1MW restriction for industrial rooftop solar will help us meet our target of 70GW of solar power by 2035 while supporting hundreds of long-term skilled British jobs, bolstering our world-leading renewables sector and reducing bills for consumers with panels.”

The changes mean flat roofed homes are able to install panels without planning permission, aligning rules with those for businesses.

Current rules mandating businesses to seek planning permission for solar panels generating over one megawatt of electricity will be scrapped. This means organizations can install more rooftop solar panels without the delay and cost of applying for planning permission.

The Government emphasizes utilizing already developed land for panels when possible. Hence, the changes will simplify installing panels in canopies above car parks, provided they are over ten meters away from people’s homes.

These measures, outlined in last year’s British Energy Security Strategy, also align with the government’s ambitions to combat climate change and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Source: Other Mon, 11 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100

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