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Home Renewable Energy Schemes

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will increase his Department’s allocation of funds to home renewable energy schemes. (128965)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme has two phases with the aim of helping to build a sustainable industry for microgeneration technologies.

Phase 1 (£30 million) was launched in April 2006 and provides several streams of funding for householders. Phase 2, with a £50 million budget announced in Budget 2006, was launched in December. It supports projects in the public and not for profit sectors, with the specific aim of driving down the costs of microgeneration technologies. Both phases continue to make good progress.

Under Phase 1 we have so far committed £7.2 million to 4,550 household projects and £1.1 million to 64 community projects, and we expect to commit around £2.3 million to the 26 Stream 2 projects in the first round of grant awards.

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme is a demonstration not a deployment programme, and we believe that the current funding made available to the household stream will allow us to meet the key objectives of the scheme. We aim to continue funding until June 2008, by which time some of our wider measures to promote microgeneration should be taking hold.