Lon­don so­lar auc­tions aim to make city green­est on earth

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Lon­don, UK - Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auc­tions as part of an en­vi­ron­ment strat­egy pro­posed to more than dou­ble the cap­i­tal’s so­lar en­ergy gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity by 2030.

The re­verse auc­tions would be sim­i­lar to the Solarize NYC model al­ready used in New York, where mul­ti­ple buy­ers pool to­gether and panel sell­ers com­pete for one sin­gle con­tract, ac­cord­ing to a draft so­lar ac­tion plan.

Plans for a new in­ter­ac­tive map of the city to show po­ten­tial hotspots for sun power as well as a change in plan­ning guid­ance to favour pho­to­voltaics on new de­vel­op­ments. It also en­vi­sions a grant pro­gramme for com­mu­nity so­lar and pi­lot pro­grammes to test how bat­ter­ies can be de­liv­ered along­side pho­to­voltaics. Those steps could help dou­ble Lon­don’s ca­pac­ity for the tech- nol­ogy to about 200MW over the next 13 years, the mayor’s of­fice said in the strat­egy doc­u­ment.

“I’ve set out my plans to im­prove Lon­don’s en­vi­ron­ment by fight­ing pol­lu­tion, tack­ling waste and pro­mot­ing cleaner en­ergy so we can make Lon­don a health­ier city that adapts to the im­pacts of cli­mate change,” said Khan, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Kahn also urged the na­tional gov­ern­ment to de­velop a so­lar strat­egy ap­ply­ing to the whole coun­try, say­ing the step could help in­crease ca­pac­ity to 2GW by 2050.

The so­lar pro­pos­als were an­nounced as part of an En­vi­ron­ment Strat­egy Con­sul­ta­tion, which in­cludes a new £9mn Greener City Fund to boost tree plant­ing and green in­fra­struc­ture. The mayor’s of­fice said the changes could make Lon­don ‘one of the green­est cities on Earth’.

Khan said he wanted Lon­don to be­come the first ‘ Na­tional Park City’ in 2019, which would pro­tect and in­crease the amount of green space in the cap­i­tal. Those in­clude us­ing plan­ning reg­u­la­tions to pro­tect un­de­vel­oped land and en­cour­ag­ing the in­stal­la­tion of so-called ‘green roofs’ that are cov­ered with plants.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan

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