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UK Government to cut subsidies for solar panels

The UK Government has announced that they will be cutting subsidies for solar electricity panels by 64%. The cut has been reduced from the original plans to cut the subsidies by 87% after they came under a lot of criticism.

The solar sector has spoken out against the cuts, claiming that they are being forced to go out on their own before they are ready. However the Government energy secretary Amber Rudd has said that consumers shouldn’t be paying the same amount towards subsidies when the price of the technology has gone down.

Facebook to unveil solar powered drone

Facebook has announced that it will be testing a solar powered drone that will be able to stay in the air for up to three months. This plane will then provide internet access to the areas of the world that have limited to no access currently.

The idea stemmed from the solar powered drone which has recently broke the world record for flying around the world using solar power. Facebooks version will be the size of a Boeing 737 jet and will require helium filled balloons to bring it to the correct altitude.

Solar Energy Booming in the UK

The falling price of solar panels has meant a huge increase in the use of solar energy in recent times. It has been predicted that solar energy will account for 4% of the UK’s overall energy usage by 2020.

The increased use has caused the government to end its subsidies for solar projects that they count as large-scale, a move that has came under a great deal of criticism. Critics state that the end of subsidies could cause the market to become uncompetitive and make it even harder for solar power to compete with fossil fuels.