Govt starts initiative on solar power research

Govt starts initiative on solar power research
Steve Bush Energy Minister John Battle has announced government sponsorship for solar energy projects. “Solar energy has real potential and I want government and industry to join forces to develop its long-term future,” said Battle. “This is why I am asking for the industry’s involvement in taking forward three new initiatives in the field of photovoltaics.” The initiatives are: A field trial of photovoltaic (PV) installations in 100 homes with the aim of creating a design manual for house builders. l Development projects for PV systems and components where the DTI will put up between 25 and 50 per cent of total cost from a ?1m budget. To showcase large-scale building applications, with the hope of funding five to six a year. The total budget is several million pounds, said a DTI spokesman. BP, which has considerable solar energy interests, has welcomed Battle’s announcement. “Taken together, these initiatives are an encouraging first step in the development of a photovoltaics market in the UK,” said Chris Hedley, chief executive of BP Solar. Battle made his announcement at the DTI/EPSRC Photovoltaics Conference in Manchester.


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