It’ a strange experience watching UK politicians sharing a stage without knocking lumps out of each other for once.
Thursday’s cross parliamentary energy group saw Greg Barker sitting politely with Labour Shadow Energy Minister Julie Elliott as they reviewed the prospects for the UK solar scene.
Joined by other politicians and luminaries from the energy sector including Jonathon Porritt and Juliet Davenport, the event was well attended and inspired some lively debate.
Three key themes stood out for me:
1 – Greg Barker’s continued support for the solar sector and promise to target mid-scale roof-top projects in 2014. He’s wasn’t too specific, but confidently indicated he would ‘sweep away obstacles’ to create opportunities for development.
2 ‘ Jonathon Porritt with an inspirational reminder of why the solar sector is so exciting, rather than just a hum drum ‚Äú part of the energy mix‚Äù.
3 ‘ Juliet Davenport making a compelling case for the solar sector to improve the quality of the narrative to energy consumers. I think she’s spot on, although some 500,000 homes have solar in the UK, it’s amazing that most people I meet believe the solar incentive (FiTs) to be long gone, I think this proves her point.
You can watch Greg’s address to the group here.
About the Event
PRASEG,APPGIE andSTA Reception and Seminar:
Solar Britain ‘ it’s happening!
Thursday 12 December 2013, 12:30 ‘ 16:00, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London. SW1
Networking lunch – seminar – drinks – meet the industry
In just a few short years, the UK has installed2.7GW of solar power from nearly half a million solar homes, around 250 solar farms and nearly 2,000 community solar schemes. Solar thermal is set to take off from around 200,000 units deployed today.
Join us to celebrate the growth of solar power and solar thermal at all scales across the UK. Meet the industry over drinks to hear how solar is supporting British jobs, green growth, manufacturing and biodiversity. Hear how solar power is turning the grid on its head and putting power directly into the hands of millions of everyday people and organisations. Discover how solar is set to be the cheapest low-carbon power source before 2020. And find out how we want to work with you to help deliver 1 million solar roofs in 2015!
The Solar Britain Seminar from 1.30 -3pm will cover all aspects of solar power and solar thermal with speakers:
PeterAldous MP, Chair, All Party Group for Intelligent Energy
RtHon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State, DECC
Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director & Trustee, Forum for the Future
Julie Elliott MP, Shadow Energy Minister
Patrick Begg, Director of Rural Enterprises, The National Trust
Juliet Davenport, CEO and Founder, Good Energy
Paul Barwell, CEO, Solar Trade Association
Buffet lunch. Tea, coffee and wine served all afternoon. Registration from 12.30.
MPs and Lords are encouraged to drop in at any point to meetlead developers in the solar industry and to show their support for theSTA’s 1 million roof campaign (photo opportunity and press release for local papers).