Solar Energy Gains Another UK Funding Boost

The UK’s Energy Minister Stephen Timms announced a further &pound2.2 million (US$4 million) in funding awards for solar energy projects throughout the UK.

London, England – June 16, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Twenty Four projects were chosen for funding at a grant cost of just over &pound2.2 million resulting in almost 650 kW being directly funded in this round. Projects were awarded to eleven regions and to nine different installers. Housing associations, councils and schools and businesses are among those who will benefit from this funding round. The round supports medium to large (5-100kW) scale solar electric power installations under the Government’s &pound25 million (US$45.8 million) Major Photovoltaics (PV) Demonstration Programme. Projects to be supported include a Children’s Hospice in Guildford, a large housing development in Huddersfield, a cemetery in Nottingham and a school on the Isle of Wight. “This latest successful round is further proof of the growing appeal of solar power in the UK. To date this Government has awarded &pound15 million worth of grants to various projects,” Timms said. “The growth and development of the solar power industry will help take us a step closer to achieving our renewable energy target of 10% of electricity by 2010.” The Energy White Paper “Our energy future – creating a low carbon economy” – published in February 2003, increased funding for renewable energy projects to &pound350 million (US$641 million) over four years in the UK.

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