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All three phases of Solar Together London have been open to every London borough to bid for funding and support. Borough participation is therefore dependent on them having sufficient internal resources and high-level commitment. Despite many boroughs declaring a Climate Emergency, some still struggle with capacity to partner on the scheme after large cuts in central government funding since 2010.
To date 15 boroughs have participated in at least one of the three phases of my scheme. In phase three of the scheme there are 13 boroughs participating, with three boroughs participating fully for the first time. The scheme also continues to accept applications from residents in non-participating boroughs in order to maximise the amount of solar generation in London and help reduce household energy bills.
Government should ensure that well-intentioned boroughs have the mandate and resources available to fully play their part in tackling the Climate Emergency through initiatives such as Solar Together London. It should also be noted that Boroughs can also utilise their carbon offset funds to support carbon saving projects including installation of solar.