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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will undertake to provide sufficient funding to provide grants to all solar photovoltaic technology applications under phase 2 of the low carbon buildings programme which meet the eligibility criteria and which are submitted between 23 March 2009 and September 2009. (280193)

[holding answer 16 June 2009]: The Government have committed a further £45 million to the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) in the recent Budget. This now brings support for the programme to over £130 million. The new funding will help to support more solar PV installations, alongside other renewable and low carbon technologies. Since December 2008 we re-allocated £9 million funds from within the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to solar photovoltaic and we recently announced that a further £5 million of the £45 million would be transferred to immediately support solar PV applications.

We have put in place plans to extend Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 to support the full range of microgeneration technologies, including solar PV, from 1 July 2009. Further information is available from the Low Carbon Buildings Website:

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will receive the £45 million of additional funding allocated in Budget 2009. (280996)

[holding answer 18 June 2009]: Following the announcement of the £45 million in the Budget 2009 we allocated £5 million to phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) to support solar photovoltaic applications.

LCBP phase 2 will be extended and start on 1 July with a budget of £30 million supporting charitable organisations, community groups and the public sector.

We have allocated £10 million to LCBP phase 1 to support household installations.