Solar Power

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of solar panels installed on (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic properties in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

We commissioned a report on the potential for microgeneration in 2005, estimating that there were approximately 82,000 microgeneration installations in the UK. There are now estimated to be about 100,000 systems. We are not able to break this figure down by technology. However, since 2002 we have provided funding for 11,278 solar installations through our grant programmes, with the details shown in the following table.

Grant programme Period Technology Number installed
Solar PV Major Demonstration 2002-07 Solar photovoltaic 1,829
Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 2006 to present Solar photovoltaic 727
Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 2006 to present Solar photovoltaic 127
Total 2,683
Clear Skies 2003-07 Solar thermal 5,799
Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 2006 to present Solar thermal 2,774
Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 2006 to present Solar thermal 22
Total 8,595

We have commissioned further research to provide up to date estimates, and this will be published in June 2008.

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