A brand new solar research and training centre has opened in the South-West of England. The National Solar Centre is based in St Austell, Cornwall and was recently officially opened by the Climate Minister Greg Barker. He said that the new centre has marked a real mile stone in development within the energy sector.
The National Solar Centre will conduct research as well as offering training services – it will play a pivotal role in working towards making Britain a global competitor in the solar industry.
The new centre will not only support the solar industry here in the UK but it will also work towards supporting the International Renewable Energy Associations. The centre will be responsible for helping to establish infrastructure for industry growth in developing things like technical standards, best practice planning guides and training facilities.
During his speech, Greg Barker said that, like many industries, the solar sector has been through a tough time economically, but despite this it has still gone through an extraordinary growth over the last two years.
He said that despite the solar industry receiving a lot of adverse publicity surrounding the affordability of solar power; it’s still a great investment with the information about it being unaffordable and uneconomical being incorrect.
It’s believed that solar is coming of age and that there are a lots of exciting years ahead for the industry – with solar being described as ‘accessible, reliable, increasingly affordable and total scalable.
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