Solar Power: Housing

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the affordability of household solar panels.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Holding answer received on 20 June 2019

Solar is a UK success story, having until now accounted for 81% of the total 6.6GW installed capacity under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. Since 2010, the FIT scheme has supported over 850,000 installations, 99% of which are solar.

On 10 June, we launched our Smart Export Guarantee, which will ensure that small-scale generators are paid for the power they export to the grid.

This coupled with the fact that residential solar panels are now over 50% cheaper than in 2011, makes solar more affordable than ever.

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