London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth


bloomberg.com | Published August 11, 2017

By Jess Shankleman

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 favor photovoltaics on new developments. It also envisions a grant program for community solar and pilot programs to test how batteries can be delivered alongside photovoltaics. Those steps could help double London’s capacity for the technology to about 200 megawatts 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.

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