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Draft Solar Action Plan

Our public consultation on the draft Solar Action Plan ended on 17 November 2017.

We're now reviewing the responses and considering potential changes to the strategy. The final Solar Action Plan will be published in 2018.

The draft plan

Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to make London a zero carbon city by 2050. For this to happen, London will need to be supplied by a range of clean and renewable energy sources. In his draft Solar Action Plan, the Mayor outlines how more of London’s heat and power can be generated from solar energy and invites you to comment on how we can achieve this.

This plan, the first of its kind for London, sets out how the Mayor will seize the opportunity for solar energy in the capital and increase installations in the coming years through his flagship Energy for Londoners (EfL) programme. EfL aims to encourage more clean energy, make energy bills fairer and London’s buildings more energy efficient.

This cannot be achieved by the Mayor’s programmes and leadership alone. It will need strong and supportive policy from national government and the support of local government, the private sector, charities and individuals. 

Harvesting the sun’s energy

Solar energy is created through capturing light and heat from the sun using technologies such as photovoltaic (PV) panels placed on the roofs of buildings and homes. These are versatile and can be installed in a range of locations. Solar energy projects can be developed and installed very quickly, and the fuel – solar radiation – costs nothing and is pollution free. Solar capturing technologies can also be combined with storage technologies like batteries to provide a reliable, on demand source of renewable energy.

Contributing to a zero carbon future

It is estimated that the Mayor’s programmes will more than double London’s current solar energy capacity. But the Mayor thinks London can, and should, go further than this. Meeting the Mayor’s ambitious zero carbon target is estimated to require ten times more solar energy generation to be installed by 2050 (2 gigawatts).

What’s next after the consultation?

The Solar Action Plan will be published in 2018 after all the responses received during the consultation (August - November 2017) have been analysed.

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