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Targets for rooftop solar power

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1249: tabled on 05 June 2023

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes data released by the Countryside Charity showing that installing solar panels on new buildings and existing warehouse rooftops and other large constructions could provide at least 40-50 gigawatts of low carbon electricity, contributing more than half of the total national target of 70 gigawatts of solar energy by 2035; acknowledges the importance of solar power in achieving Net Zero targets; recognises that meeting national solar energy targets through ground-mounted schemes alone would require up to 1.4 per cent of the land in England; calls on the Government to develop a national rooftop solar target so that at least 40 gigawatts of the national target for 70 gigawatts of solar by 2035 is delivered through the lowest cost opportunities for rooftop solar installations; and urges the Government to amend planning regulations and the Future Homes Standard so as to require local authorities to carry out audits of potential roof and other developed spaces that can be used for solar panel installations.