25 Nov '11, 2pm

Some clarity over whether govt wants a solar industry or not is urgently needed:

There is a perfectly legitimate argument against the UK diverting resources to support the development of a domestic solar industry. Solar energy is currently very expensive and the UK's climate means it will never be as effective or reliable here as it is in warmer climes. There is a case for saying that a relatively small country with finite skills and resources should focus its efforts to decarbonise on a small number of more mature technologies, such as wind, nuclear, biomass, and cleaner fossil fuels, targeting incentives and support at these areas and leaving alternative technologies to cope as best they can on their own. Personally, I don't buy this argument on the grounds that solar is seeing some of the fastest rates of cost reduction of any energy technology, green or otherwise, and improvements in manufacturing and nanotechnology hold out the potential for solar...

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