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Solar Panels

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to simplify the planning process for the installation of solar power panels on domestic properties. (110140)

The Government believe the planning system should make it easier to install microgeneration technologies, including solar panels. We are currently reviewing the regulations on what equipment a householder can install without having to apply for planning permission. Our aim is to produce a system that is both clearer and permits more microgeneration. We will be consulting on proposals in the new year.