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Solar Energy

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what studies he is making of the energy resources which can be provided from solar energy picked up in areas of the world where there is a high level of sunshine; and if he is satisfied that adequate research is being undertaken into the collection, transmission and other problems associated with such energy sources; and if he will make a statement.

As part of the United Kingdom's participation in the EEC solar energy research, development and demonstration programmes my Department is involved in projects designed to make use of solar energy in those parts of the world where insolation levels are higher than average. In addition, my Department is providing support for United Kingdom organisations which are participating in some of the IEA solar energy and biomass projects. The United Kingdom participates in exchanges of information on solar energy developments within the IEA, EEC and elsewhere.I am satisfied that the content of my Department's solar energy research and development programme fulfils our requirements. Progress with the programme is reported from time to time and I will keep the House informed of major developments as and when they arise.