In the second part of this video series, the focus shifts to the critical role of the supply chain in achieving the UK’s ambitious solar energy targets.

The Chair of the Skills Group of the Solar TaskForce, Mark Wakeford emphasises that a robust and efficient supply chain is essential for delivering the goal of 70 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy capacity.

Key aspects in need of review include the flow of payments, contractual relationships, and the swift movement of finances through the supply chain.

These elements are vital to ensure collaboration and prevent delays that could hinder the progress of solar projects.

The video also highlights the importance of innovation and the ongoing evolution of solar technology.

This includes improved products, better monitoring systems, and advanced maintenance techniques.

To support these innovations, the task force is exploring ways to bring manufacturing closer to home, potentially reducing reliance on overseas production.

The overarching aim is to streamline the supply chain, ensuring it adds value and efficiently integrates new technologies. Mark Wakeford’s passion for the project is evident, underscoring the urgency and necessity of meeting these solar energy goals.

By spring 2024, a comprehensive report will be released, outlining the steps and strategies essential for reaching the 70 GW target and contributing significantly to the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

The task force’s work serves as a model for the wider renewable sector, demonstrating the power of collaboration and expertise in overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities in the journey toward a sustainable energy future.