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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the funding in real terms will be for (a) solar photovoltaics and (b) all other microrenewable technologies under the Low Carbon Building Programme; and what the total funding was for each under the Clearskies and Solar Photovoltaics initiatives which preceded it. (91317)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase One, with a budget of £28.5 million, covers a range of technologies. Stream Two operated on a first come, first served basis, and Stream Two operates on a competitive basis.

Currently we do not earmark specific funding for the different technologies so it is not possible to state what the level of funding will be for solar photovoltaics compared to other renewable technologies. However, we will continue to review funding support going forward.

Under Clear Skies the total funding was £13.25 million and under the Major PV programme the total funding was £31.75 million. In addition, Phase Two of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, which is currently being finalised, will provide a further £50 million.