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Solar Heating

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr Archy Kirkwood Mr Archy Kirkwood Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote greater use of solar heating panels in the UK.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The Clear Skies initiative was launched in January 2003 in order to promote the uptake of a number of renewable technologies including solar heating panels. Grants are available to both individual householders and community groups in order to install solar heating panels. The initiative also has a list of registered installers and has developed a mentoring scheme in order to train future installers and increase the amount of companies able to install these technologies.

Further details of the initiative, including grant levels, can be found on the website at

The Scottish Executive has its own parallel scheme, The Scottish Community and Household Renewables Initiative, which also offers grants for the installation of solar heating panels. Further details can be found on the website

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