Solar Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed by solar photovoltaic manufacturing companies based in the UK.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

It is difficult to accurately estimate, and forecast, number of jobs associated with any single technology or sector, such as solar PV. However, there are a range of methodologies that can, and are, being used to provide an indication; these inevitably lead to a range of estimates being calculated.

We estimate that, based on the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by the end of October 2011, around 8,000 to 14,000 gross full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been supported by solar PV since the introduction of the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme. The total number of people doing some solar PV work is likely to be higher than this range because those who are involved in solar PV installations are also likely to undertake other tasks linked to their employment. In addition, this estimate includes manufacturing jobs among a range of other types.

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