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Bermuda: Solar Power

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 560W, on British Overseas Territories: electricity generation, what assessment he has made of the outcome of Bermuda's trialling of solar power stations; and if he will make a statement. (276788)

We understand from the Government of Bermuda that trials of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide power for homes have produced favourable results. Trials have not begun for commercial buildings; although suitable Government buildings have been identified for them. Discussions are under way to allocate land for a small solar PV power station, which will be preceded by a commercial trial.

In order to encourage solar power adoption, customs duty has been waived on solar PV systems and the Bermuda Government is introducing a rebate programme with a “cash back” scheme for customers who install and operate them, and making the approval process easier and faster.