Renewable energy and power generation is in the news constantly these days, as the UK strives to achieve its goal of net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050, with the country the first major world economy to legislate to end its contribution to global warming by then.

To help further this end, ScottishPower has just announced that it will be focusing on solar projects for the first time in the company’s history.

The energy firm will be adding a combination of solar and battery technology at existing windfarms in order to make the most of land resources. The majority of the company’s future applications for new projects will be made up of more than one clean energy technology.

This particular move comes a year after ScottishPower became the first integrated energy firm in this country to solely generate 100 per cent renewable energy.

Commenting on the news, CEO Keith Anderson said: “Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting net zero in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever. This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider.

“In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies. The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year.”

In June this year, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced that laws would be passed to ensure the UK ends its contribution to global warming. The country has already succeeded in reducing emissions by 42 per cent, while growing the economy by 72 per cent, with clean growth at the heart of the modern Industrial Strategy.

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