Housing: Solar Power

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring solar panels to be installed on all new dwellings.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Mandating a particular renewable technology, such as solar panels, may not be appropriate for all dwellings in all areas. Building regulations and national planning policy encourage the use of renewables without mandating any particular technology. Building regulations are deliberately couched in performance terms, allowing builders, local councils and architects the flexibility to select from a range of renewable energy technologies to suit the potentially unique circumstances of a particular development.

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