Energy minister hints at huge solar power push | 30 December 2013
The government could be about to take major steps towards adding solar panels to public buildings, with the energy minister is expected to announce a one gigawatt goal for properties in its estate.
Greg Barker has previously revealed that he hopes to generate 22 gigawatts of solar power by 2020 – with one third of this potentially coming from panels on commercial buildings, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA).
The government representative described how there is “huge potential” to add solar panels to buildings in the public estate, such as prisons and schools. Telegraph.co.uk reports that four million solar panels could be added, which would cover land the area of 3,400 football pitches.
“We need to make the government itself a leader in solar deployment. Government public buildings should be at the forefront of the move to renewable energy,” he said, adding: “So next year you can expect to hear more from me on my ambitious plans to ensure the government estate plays its part in the decentralised energy revolution.”
Leonie Greene, a spokesperson for the STA, agreed that the output potential for solar roof installations is “vast”, but no official plans have been outlined by the government. If the public sector does take the lead on this, it will be interesting to see how the private sector responds with its own property developments.
According to hvpmag.co.uk, Barker spoke at the STA-sponsored ‘Solar Britain – It’s Happening’ event, which forms part of the All-Party Renewable & Sustainable Energy Group programme.
At the occasion, he also highlighted the progress made by the industry, noting that the UK generates around three gigawatts of deployed solar PV.
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