Homes, schools and leisure centers will soon be able to turn solar energy into electricity, thanks to government funding announced byEnergy Minister Brian Wilson.London, England – March 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Homes, schools and leisure centers will soon be able to turn solar energy into electricity, thanks to government funding announced by Energy Minister Brian Wilson. In all 18 building projects in England and Wales have been identified to share £2 million (US$3.2 million) of funding which will enable them to fit solar panels to roofs and walls to generate power from sunlight. The projects will have a combined output of 565 kW, enough to meet the electricity needs of 140 homes. “The Energy White Paper delivered clear aims for Renewable Energy, to achieve our ambition of doubling the share of renewables electricity by 2020 from our 2010 target of 10 percent,” said Wilson. “These projects will help us achieve that goal. They demonstrate that Renewable Energy sources can be used in any building from houses to aquariums, anywhere in the country.” These projects are the third set of proposals approved under the DTI’s £20 million (US$32 million) Photovoltaic Demonstration Program, launched a year ago. “New products and companies are entering the market all the time, and costs are continuing to decline,” said Wilson. “I’m encouraged by the innovative ideas and products that are helping to harness the power of the sun.” The winning projects include: – Science Museum, London: Up to £88,000 to fit a PV system into the roof of the East Hall to generate 25 kW. – The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth: Up to £117,000 to install a PV system in the roof that will generate 29.8kW. – Circle 33 Housing Trust, Cambridge: Up to £68,000 plan to install a PV system into 16 low energy houses. – Bryhyfryd School, Ruthin, Wales: Up to £104,000 to fit PV into the roof of a 20 classroom teaching block to generate 28.8 kW. – The Riding’s Housing Association, Potterton, Leeds: Up to £133,000 to install PVs in the roofs of a low cost housing development.