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Solar Together London (5)

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

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

Is your aspiration to install 700-1,000 solar panels under phase 3 of the Solar Together scheme ambitious enough?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The ambition for phase 3 takes account of the Government’s short-sighted removal of the Feed-in Tariff, which is highly likely to affect take-up.

The loss of the Feed-in Tariff has undoubtedly caused consumer uncertainty, with installations of solar PV by UK households falling by 94 per cent in the month after the closure of the scheme. Whilst the financial case for investment in solar remains broadly positive, especially with the group-buying discounts possible with Solar Together London, this phase of the project will allow us to gauge interest and what actions may be possible to increase domestic uptake in London, despite central government inaction.

I will continue to lobby Government to do more to help unlock London’s solar energy potential.