UK Government Releases Solar Energy Funds

UK Energy Minister Stephen Timms announced &pound2 (US$ 3.6) million grant awards for investment in solar energy projects throughout the UK. Local councils, higher education, businesses and housing are among those set to benefit from this latest round of Government funding. It will apply to medium to large scale solar electric power installations under the Government’s &pound25 (US$45.7) million Major Photovoltaics (PV) Demonstration Program.

London England – March 22, 2004 [] “The sheer number of applications is testimony to the success of this program,” Energy Minister, Stephen Timms. “The &pound2 million I’m announcing today will help ensure the continued growth of the PV industry in the UK and reflects our commitment to renewable energy.” The larger projects include the national Trust HQ in Swindon, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and Middlesborough Football Club. Others are the first solar powered fire station at Richmond in Surrey, Birmingham Art Gallery and Edinburgh University. “Including today’s announcement, we have awarded &pound13 (US$23.7) million worth of grants to 110 different projects throughout the UK; further proof of our commitment to reach our renewable energy target of 10% by 2010.” Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, announced the &pound20 (US$36.5) million First Phase of the Major Photovoltaics Demonstration Program (MDP) on 26 March 2002. The first round of funding under the &pound20 (US$45.7) million program supported 8 projects, 19 were approved in the second round (27/11/2002), 18 projects supported in the third round (10/03/2003), 21 in the fourth round (10/6/03), 12 in the fifth round (22/09/03) and 16 in the sixth round (12/12/03). On February 12 2004 Timms announced a further &pound5 (US$ 9.1) million funding for the PV MDP, which should enable 2-3 extra rounds to be run in 2004/05.
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