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UK electricity grid 'holds back renewable energy'

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the Conservative government to invest in Britain’s power infrastructure to protect low-carbon projects, The Guardian has reported.

Britain’s antiquated electricity grid is stopping renewable energy projects connecting to the system, threatening the country’s prospects for a low-carbon future, it has warned.

Parts of the grid are closed to new connections and further shutdowns are likely, according to the STA.

It claimed the new Conservative government needed to invest heavily in the UK’s power infrastructure to prevent the withering of low-carbon projects and ensure Britain meets its 2020 renewable energy goals.

STA head of external affairs Leonie Greene said the grid had lacked investment for many years because of a lack of action by the government and Ofgem, the energy regulator.

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