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Solar Power

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account is taken in the proposed accreditation for solar PV installers of (a) the costs of entry into the marketplace for smaller companies and (b) the compliance costs on those existing small companies in the market. (132177)

The microgeneration certification scheme is a voluntary scheme covering product and installation standards and a code of practice. The scheme is an important market mechanism aimed at building consumer confidence in microgeneration technologies. The cost of compliance to companies is set at a level to ensure delivery of a robust United Kingdom Accreditation Services accredited scheme that will provide consumer protection.

The DTI is subsidising compliance costs for industry, including new and existing small companies, over the first year of the scheme. This measure should help to support companies wishing to join the scheme in the short term. In the longer term, industry should benefit from increased consumer confidence, which should encourage investment in microgeneration at the domestic level, growing the market.