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Caroline Flint (Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Don Valley, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the contribution of the solar industry to gross domestic product.

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Mark Prisk (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Hertford and Stortford, Conservative)

I have been asked to reply.

HM Government have made no estimates of solar industry contribution to gross domestic product.

However, independent research commissioned by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills estimates that photovoltaic renewable energy (i.e. solar power) together with its supply chain resulted in nearly 5 billion of sales in 2009-10, employing 39,000 across 2,000 businesses.

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