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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 44W, on solar power: feed-in tariffs, what the evidential basis is for the estimate that 1,000 to 10,000 gross additional full-time equivalent jobs could be created in the solar sector in the three years to 2014-15.
It is difficult to accurately estimate, and forecast, numbers 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, although these inevitably lead to a range of estimates being calculated.
The range of 1,000 to 10,000 gross full-time equivalent jobs supported by solar PV is calculated by applying estimates of the time taken for various tasks associated with those installations by industry and independent consultants to projected installations between 2012-13 and 2014-15. They are then converted to a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis. The wide range around the estimate is largely due to the uncertainty surrounding how the energy efficiency proposals could affect future take-up of solar PV.