The UK is now third in the global rankings for utility-scale solar energy after a surge in installations in the first quarter of 2015.
According to figures released by wiki-solar, the UK is behind only China and the US in terms of capacity, this places us above Germany, India and Spain (view the rankings on the wiki-solar site here).
NFU features at solar event
With over 300 attendees, the Large-Scale Solar UK Conference took place this past week in Bristol where the NFU's chief energy adviser, Dr Jonathan Scurlock, made two presentations on the subject of multi-purpose land use (for food, energy and biodiversity), and also took part in a panel discussion chaired by BBC Countryfile’s Tom Heap.
The majority of Britain’s large solar installations are hosted by farmers, supporting profitable food production. According to Dr Scurlock: "It's a remarkable testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and skill of British solar farm developers that they have built a world-class clean energy sector in collaboration with farmers and landowners – but with little recognition (and fast diminishing support) from the 'greenest government ever'!"
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