Planning applications for UK clean energy projects reach four year high

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Demand for renewable energy is rising in the UK, boosting planning applications to 269 in 2019 up from 204 the year before and 75% higher than applications made three years ago. The projects range from wind, solar and bioenergy projects. The increase in applications also highlights the falling costs of clean energy projects alongside a rise in investment.

It is expected that such a rise in applications is to become the trend, with increases year on year for the foreseeable future. This is vital if the UK is to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. A major driver will be on shore wind farms having had a subsidies ban lifted last month.

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