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Renewable Energy

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) solar hot water systems, (b) solar photovoltaics and (c) wind power systems were installed in the United Kingdom in 2005; and if he will make a statement. (78943)

Full details of renewable energy generation for 2005 will be published in the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2006 on 27 July 2006. A copy of which will be available from the Libraries of the House.

We do not have definitive figures for solar water heating; however in the “Microgeneration Strategy and Low Carbon Buildings Programme” consultation document, issued by the Department in June 2005, we estimated that the total number of existing installed domestic systems in the UK at over 70,000 with about 5,000 new domestic systems installed each year.

The latest confirmed figures that we have from DUKES 2005 show installed capacity of 8.2 MW for solar photovoltaics and 933.2 MW for wind power: 123.8 MW offshore and 809.4 MW onshore.

According to the British Wind Energy Association the current installed capacity for wind is 1,694.56 MW: 1,480.76 MW onshore and 213.80 MW offshore.