Government Estate and Business Strategy

24 May 2014

Plans to turn the Government estate, as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks, into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy minister, Greg Barker.

The Solar Strategy, the first of its kind in the UK, sets out the Government’s ambition to see solar rolled out more widely and, with it, the potential to support tens of thousands of jobs.

ECA’s Head of Energy Solutions, Bill Wright, is extremely supportive of this measure and stated, “We should welcome the Government’s strategy on further developing the Solar Energy sector. What the industry needs is a long period of policy stability and growth and for the Government to encourage further take up of Solar Energy systems. The public needs to understand that it is still a very viable investment with long term returns.”

Plans to turn the Government estate, as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks, into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy minister, Greg Barker.

The Solar Strategy, the first of its kind in the UK, sets out the Government’s ambition to see solar rolled out more widely and, with it, the potential to support tens of thousands of jobs.

Launching the Solar Strategy at SunSolar Energy in Birmingham, Barker said, “We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious Strategy will place us right at the cutting edge.

“There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations and we must seize the opportunity this offers to boost our economy as part of our long-term economic plan.

“Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

Barker has worked closely with his ministerial colleague from the Cabinet Office, Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, and his team – who are leading on an element of the Strategy, implementing the Solar PV Strategy across the Government estate. This will allow the Government to lead by example in this important area.

In a further initiative, the Department for Education is working on ways to improve energy efficiency across the 22,000 schools in England, to reduce their annual energy spend of £500 million. The initiative will encourage the deployment of PV on schools alongside promoting energy efficiency.

Education secretary, Michael Gove, said, “Solar panels are a sensible choice for schools, particularly in terms of the financial benefits they can bring. It is also a great way for pupils to engage with environmental issues and think about where energy comes from.”