Green New Deal and solar power

MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy document, Quarter 1 Feed in Tariffs: Sub-national statistics for 2019, shows that fewer than one per cent of London households have installed solar photovoltaics (PV). Do you support the call in the report in July from Common Wealth, Roadmap to a Green New Deal: Infrastructure, for a solar panel on every usable roof, as part of a nationwide upgrade of housing stock?


Green New Deal and solar power

Green New Deal and solar power

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree with the Common Wealth report that there urgently needs to be a national upgrade of existing housing stock and a roll out of solar on suitable rooftops.

I am helping to install solar on existing buildings through my Solar Together programmes and my Community Energy Fund, but the scrapping of the feed-in tariff and the failure of the green deal has significantly undermined the business case for installing domestic solar and improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Government funding is urgently required to address this.

I am also ensuring we maximise solar on new developments. Whilst the national Government scrapped its zero carbon homes standard in 2015, I retained a zero carbon homes standard in London. This standard is driving housebuilders to develop energy efficient homes that maximise the use of waste heat and renewable energy. 77 per cent of developments getting planning permission in 2018 included solar PV. These policies need to be rolled out nationally; Government must make good on its promise in the Spring 2019 statement to introduce a Future Homes standard.