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Two Large-Scale Solar Panel Projects Impact Norfolk Over Last Few Months

Norfolk Quarry Gets Go-Ahead for Solar Panels

Nearly 300 solar panels are being installed at a quarry at Bittering near Dereham, Norfolk which will provide the site with over 20% of its electricity needs plus a further 30%+ of generation being fed into the grid.

To read more click here through to the EDP news article: 

Solar Panels Norfolk Quarry

Solar Panels Make a Splash in Sheringham

600 solar panels spanning 1000 square metres have made a real splash at Sheringham, Norfolk as the Reef Leisure complex has installed an impressive solar array on its carport parking facility. North Norfolk District Council said this should save 57000kgs of carbon each year. 75% of the electricity generated will be used by the centre with further 25% sent to the grid.

To read more click here through to the EDP news article: 

Solar Carport Norfolk

London - Mayor of London

Question

Commercial Landlords and Solar

After 7 years as Mayor of London why haven’t you done more to work with the Federation of Small Businesses and others to encourage commercial landlords to fast track solar panels on roofs?

Answer

I am working to fast-track the installation of solar panels on London’s commercial buildings through a range of programmes. The Federation of Small Businesses are a part of my Retrofit Call to Action where we are working together to overcome the barriers businesses face to achieving net zero buildings.

My Business Climate Challenge, targeted to small businesses, helps overcome the barriers to fast track solar on rooftops of commercial buildings; with over 240 businesses, the majority being micro or small businesses,being supported to implement plans to make their workplaces net zero. 35% of participants have received support relating to solar PV installation.

Within the commercial sector, some of the barriers include lack of finance, suitability, and split incentives. My officers collaborate with the Better Buildings Partnership, networks and organisations of businesses to increase the installation of solar energy technologies. The collaboration has led to identification of opportunities, especially for larger solar arrays on commercial property, and engaging organisations around flexible electricity demand, which would help the business case for solar panels on rooftops.

Reference: Questions to the Mayor of London. Please see: Commercial Landlords and Solar | London City Hall

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