The Green Party has announced that it will invest £12 billion a year in renewables to revolutionise the way we produce energy and produce 75,000 jobs in the process.
Fully costed plans include a massive investment of £8.4bn each year to build an additional 40,000 wind turbines by 2030, providing 70% of the UK’s electricity .
The radical proposals form part of the Green Party’s ambitious Green New Deal which aims to ensure the UK is on track to carbon neutral by 2030 .
The Greens will also provide additional support for other renewable energies such as solar, geothermal, tidal and hydro to provide much of the remainder of the UK’s energy supply by the end of the next decade.
Former Green Party leader and candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, was in Bristol with Carla Denyer – Bristol Councillor and parliamentary candidate for Bristol West. They visited the large solar installation on the roof of We The Curious.
Denyer, a former Renewables Engineer, announced the Green Party’s energy policy, at Everoze – a renewables and energy storage consultancy. She explained that; “Our plans are ambitious and optimistic. But the time for delay on climate action is over. We have the technology to go carbon neutral. We have the people and we have the skills. All we need is the will. The time for action is now.”
The policy favours enabling local communities to develop their own renewable energy projects, so that the benefits of locally generated energy can stay local.
Caroline Lucas added; “We need a radical transformation of our energy system if we are to meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Investing in community based renewable energy will not only help reach that target, but also puts power in people’s hands.”