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Solar Together London (4)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

What plans do you have to increase solar panel installation on public buildings owned by the GLA family?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As part of my ambition to install 100MW solar through my programmes, I have been working with the functional bodies to install solar, despite cut backs to Government support for solar and restrictions to their budgets. This includes supporting the functional bodies to identify and prioritise additional sites through mapping and sharing best practice, encouraging installations through the use of my delivery programmes such as DEEP and RE:FIT and on those sites that are challenging to progress, working to determine how barriers to deployment can be overcome.

TfL are currently progressing 1.1MW of solar installations through the RE:FIT programme, and both the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service have installed new solar systems and are looking at progressing further sites.

I continue to lobby Government to improve support for solar, having previously called for the maintenance of the Feed in Tariff scheme, reducing VAT on solar and batteries, and for concerns to be addressed over the ability of the Smart Export Guarantee to support the same level of solar deployment.