Energy Company Obligation — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:20 pm on 11th March 2014.

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Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change 3:20 pm, 11th March 2014

If we could replicate for insulation what happened in the solar industry I should be extremely delighted. The fact is that since we took those difficult decisions in 2011 we have reached the point where nearly 3 GW of solar are installed; almost 500,000 roofs have solar, compared with 15,000 in 2010; and we have the highest growth prospects for solar, with the cheapest installations, anywhere in Europe. Solar in the UK is a huge success, because we cut costs, bore down on the expense to the consumer, and as a result are getting genuine commercial deployment.