While UK awash with solar power frenzy, why is London missing out?
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing
With UK awash with solar power frenzy, why is London missing out?
Though the amount of electricity generated through sunny means doubled in the UK over the last year, mega-rich London has the lowest uptake of solar panels of any region on the Britain mainland.
The shameful issue has so befuddled Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones that she has been driven to publish ‘London is ready for a brighter future’ - a report which looks at the potential for solar power in the city, and some of the barriers it faces.
Jones' report recommends the formation of a dedicated City Hall team to help businesses, tenants and communities install solar panels on the empty roof tops of London’s commercial and industrial businesses, supermarkets, flats, schools, transport and public buildings - apparently anywhere with a roof.
Jones' study reveals the following key facts:
• Only one in every 260 London homes has had solar panels installed - the South West has eight times the installation rate.
• London has the potential to supply a fifth of its electricity needs from sun-sourced energy.
• There are Wide variations in take up rates between London boroughs. Tiptop Waltham Forest has one solar PV installation for every 88 homes, while the slackers in neighbouring Enfield have one for every 362 homes.
Sun fan Jenny Jones AM said: “Given that solar photovoltaics have the greatest potential of any renewable electricity generating technology, it is astonishing that the Mayor is not promoting and helping London’s residents, businesses, schools, communities to harvest solar electricity from their underused and empty roof tops.
“What Londoners deserve is an enthusiastic advocate of solar energy, a clean energy source that will not only cut our bills and our carbon emissions, but it will help address looming energy supply disruptions. What we don’t need is a mayor fixed on promoting dirty ‘fracking’ wells around the country and all the inherent environmental hazards associated with them."