Solar PV - Next to no references to solar PV in Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1681
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Your 2011 Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy has next to no reference to solar power. Incredibly, there are more references to nuclear power in your Strategy than to solar PV. Whilst no new nuclear power is expected in the UK for at least the next 10 years, if ever, the UK is now the fasting growing solar market in the EU, and solar PV is widely predicted to become the cheapest form of electricity generation within the next 5 -10 years. How are you re-evaluating the role that solar will play in helping London become more energy independent?

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Answer for Solar PV - Next to no references to solar PV in Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy

Answer for Solar PV - Next to no references to solar PV in Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have evaluated the role of solar in my 2011 Decentralised Energy Capacity Study and will update these figures in my forthcoming London Energy Plan. My 2011 Climate Change and Mitigation and Energy Strategy mentions nuclear power 12 times, ten of which are directly referencing national government policy. Microgeneration, which includes solar PV however has 34 references, with 'photovoltaics' being mentioned a further 11 times. Importantly, two of my policies (policies 6 and 8) directly aim to increase micogeneration in London's homes and workplaces.