You announced a new phase of Solar Together London in a press release on 18 September 2019. The release states that 624 homes in London have installed solar panels through the scheme. Considering the climate emergency, what are you doing to increase this number?
Despite their acknowledgement of the Climate Emergency, efforts towards tacking it continue to be severely hampered by the Government’s own policies. Their attitude towards solar, including closing the Feed-in Tariff this year, is a prime example of this mismatch between rhetoric and action.
Solar Together London was developed to increase the take-up of small scale solar installations and I decided to continue expanding the scheme, despite the Feed-in Tariff’s closure, in order to demonstrate my commitment to the part that London households can play in tackling the Climate Emergency.
My third phase of Solar Together has launched and is bigger and better than previous phases, with more boroughs fully participating and more direct mail (the main customer acquisition tool) being sent to promote the scheme. The new round includes an option to install battery storage, which we hope will further increase uptake. This activity is supported by more funding allocated to the scheme than previous phases.
However, the reality is that there is a need for more government support, so I will continue to lobby for a national policy framework to help unlock London’s solar energy potential.