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U.K. Plans to Increase Solar Power Eight-Fold by 2020

Energy Minister Greg Barker said the U.K. can multiply its capacity to produce solar power eight-fold by 2020 in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Barker said he’s consulting with companies about how the government can achieve its forecast of having 10 gigawatts of solar power within the next decade and thinks 20 gigawatts is achievable, up from 2.4 gigawatts at the end of June. In Birmingham, he said he will deliver a strategy for solar power in the spring of 2014 after assessing industry views.

“I believe we can go faster and further,” Barker said in a 38-page solar power strategy document today. “Along with many in the industry, I think that up to 20 gigawatts of deployed solar is not only desirable but also potentially achievable within a decade.”

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government already is fighting a backlash against wind farms, which local groups say blight the landscape, and to check power prices that have risen to pay for the spread of renewable energy. Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour opposition, pledged last month to freeze utility bills if his party wins the election due in 2015.
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