Britain’s new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, has pledged to “unleash a new solar revolution” across the country.
Ms Rudd indicated she would back the continued expansion of household solar panels, which are heavily subsidised by consumers through levies on energy bills.
“I want to unleash a new solar revolution – we have a million people living under roofs with solar panels and that number needs to increase,” she told her local newspaper, the Hastings & St Leonards Observer.
In total about 640,000 homes in the UK have panels installed. The annual cost of the scheme supporting installation is now estimated to be in excess of £800m a year.
The homeowner is paid for every unit of electricity the panels generate – while also saving on cash by not having to buy energy from a supplier. If the panels produce more power than the home needs, the owner can get paid for selling it on to the National Grid.
The Telegraph reports that critics say the scheme enables wealthy families to rake in subsidies paid for by many who are already struggling with their energy bills.
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