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Solar Power

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of solar panels installed on (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic properties in each of the last 10 years. (202372)

We commissioned a report on the potential for microgeneration in 2005, estimating that there were approximately 82,000 microgeneration installations in the UK. There are now estimated to be about 100,000 systems. We are not able to break this figure down by technology. However, since 2002 we have provided funding for 11,278 solar installations through our grant programmes, with the details shown in the following table.

Grant programme

Period

Technology

Number installed

Solar PV Major Demonstration

2002-07

Solar photovoltaic

1,829

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1

2006 to present

Solar photovoltaic

727

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2

2006 to present

Solar photovoltaic

127

Total

2,683

Clear Skies

2003-07

Solar thermal

5,799

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1

2006 to present

Solar thermal

2,774

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2

2006 to present

Solar thermal

22

Total

8,595

We have commissioned further research to provide up to date estimates, and this will be published in June 2008.