London Assembly to call for more ambition on solar in capital

Commenting on the London Assembly Environment Committee’s report, ‘Bring me sunshine!: How London’s homes could generate more solar energy’, to be published tomorrow (Friday 23 October), the Solar Trade Association's Head of External Affairs Leonie Greene who gave evidence to the Committee inquiry said:

"London has been the laggard of the UK on solar – but London is a world city that already boasts some stunning solar schemes, so it should be an international leader in this technology. We are therefore relieved to see the Environment Committee recommend that the Greater London Authority adopts levels of ambition aligned with our Solar Independence Plan, which would double solar capacity across the UK over the next five years.”

“Unfortunately ambitions for solar in London are under threat. The Committee is quite right to highlight that Government's current extreme proposals for solar could scupper attempts to drag London up from its low performance today. Helpfully Mayor Boris Johnson has voiced his concern and we hope he will support our efforts to find a solution that enables solar to take-off across the capital.”

Note: London Assembly Environment Group Chair Darren Johnson AM and CEO of the Solar Trade Association Paul Barwell will be among the speakers discussing the future of solar in the UK at the launch of the new solar PV system on the Tate Modern tomorrow, Friday 23 October, 08:00am to 9.30am in The Members Room (River Entrance). Please contact Marc Charlton for further details and to confirm attendance.

For further information or to request an interview, please contact:

Name: Leonie Greene
Title: Head of External Affairs
Tel: 07932 720 091
Main line: 0203 637 2945

Background on the Solar Trade Association:

The mission of the Solar Trade Association is to empower the UK solar transformation. We are paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. We represent both solar heat and power, and have a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for solar PV and solar thermal.