(UK)

People around the world are marking America’s independence day today – of course – but the Brits are keeping it local and celebrating their solar independence day.

In its fourth year, it is an occasion for advocates of solar to shout about it from the rooftops – or more likely on social media – about the importance of solar to the UK energy mix.

Data released by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – last week – revealed solar power now provides a record 12.3GW of power.

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA), said: “This is the fourth year we’ll be celebrating solar and the British solar industry has delivered spectacularly, despite a rocky ride. Since the first Solar Independence Day in 2014 solar power capacity has grown nearly three-fold. Our message today is that solar delivers real energy independence and the power to act on climate change to people, communities and organisations everywhere and indeed to the UK itself.  But it’s over to everyone else on Solar Independence Day to tell us why solar matters to them.”

And the STA were naturally delighted with the news that ‘solar is producing more energy than coal’ on #SolarIndependenceDay