Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(1) when his Department informed solar photovoltaics installers of the decision to reduce the maximum household grant under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme by 83 per cent;

(2) when his Department informed micro wind installers of the decision to reduce the maximum household grant under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme by 50 per cent.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer s 4 June 2007

Further to the announcement in the Budget 2007 that an additional £6 million would be made available for the household stream, we suspended the scheme to allow us to discuss with industry representatives how to re-structure the scheme to make best use of the monies available in order to meet the programmes objectives.

We announced on 9 May a number of changes to the programme, including the introduction of a £2,500 cap per household. By introducing this measure among others, we will be able to use the limited funds available to support an increased number of microgeneration installations across all technologies.

The scheme re-opened to applicants on 29 May.

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