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Small Businesses: Solar Power

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what sources of advice and financial support are available to small and medium enterprises seeking to employ solar power generation for their factories. (203640)

The Renewables Obligation is the Government's main mechanism for encouraging new renewable electricity generation with all eligible renewable electricity generation installations able to receive Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs). We have proposed that all electricity generated by solar photovoltaic panels will be eligible to claim 2 ROCs for every IMWh of renewable electricity generated from April 2009. This should benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to install solar photovoltaic panels.

Under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP), with an £86 million budget, around £30 million has been allocated to 6,300 projects, including £6.5 million to 152 projects in the private sector. Although all funding streams for SMEs have now closed to new applicants, we are working closely with the Carbon Trust on a number of private sector projects to raise awareness of the potential for combining microgeneration with energy efficiency to develop low carbon buildings. Further details are available at:

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

Advice is available from a number of sources, including the Carbon Trust who provides site surveys to organisations, including SMEs, looking to reduce their energy demand, save money and manage their carbon emissions more efficiently. Further details are available at:

www.carbontrust.co.uk/solutions/sme_toolkit.htm

Further assistance is available through Business Link at www.businesslink.gov.uk and Regional Development Agencies at:

www.englandsrdas.com

We are currently reviewing our support for renewable energy and will be consulting on this in the summer.