Solar Power

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set out the evidence base and analysis underpinning his Department's position that solar energy no longer requires public support and can be deployed without subsidy.

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

Solar energy continues to receive public support through the Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in-Tariffs.

However, government support has helped to reduce the cost of solar cells by 80% since 20081, and there is at least one project that has deployed without subsidy (Clayhill Solar Farm, Milton Keynes2).

  1. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (2016) Summit Keynote Presentation http://www.bbhub.io/bnef/sites/4/2016/04/BNEF-Summit-Keynote-2016.pdf
  2. The Clean Growth Strategy (Page 98), https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651916/BEIS_The_Clean_Growth_online_12.10.17.pdf

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