Solar Power: North West

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been made redundant in the solar industry sector in the North West since 2015.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) produces datasets covering the low carbon and renewable energy economy, including estimates of the number of people employed on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis in the UK solar photovoltaic sector, which can be viewed online at:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/datasets/lowcarbonandrenewableenergyeconomyfirstestimatesdataset

The ONS estimates that in 2014 the UK solar photovoltaic sector supported 10,000 FTEs and 16,000 FTEs in 2015, with further jobs supported in the supply chain. The ONS hasn’t yet provided estimates for 2016 or 2017, and does not produce these estimates broken down at a regional level.

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