Labour’s Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan today signed Early Day motion 437 raising concerns about Government's plans to cut support for solar power.
Sadiq Khan criticised the Government’s decision to slash support for the low carbon energy sector, attacking the move as 'a threat to Londoners' jobs and to our city’s economy'.
Industry analysis has shown that 2,192 jobs are at risk in London as a result of the changes. Three separate solar firms have folded over recent weeks: Mark Group, Climate Energy and Southern Solar.
This follows a range of cuts in support for wind, solar and energy-efficient subsidies, and in particular, the Government’s proposal to cut the domestic feed-in tariff, which provides financial aid for households who install solar panels, by 87 per cent.
Sadiq Khan described the low carbon sector as “one of the key future growth sectors for London’s economy”.
The CBI estimated last month that Britain’s green economy is worth £120 billion a year and has historically grown far more quickly than the wider economy.
Labour's mayoral candidate said the cuts are making it harder for London companies to take advantage of the huge opportunities for growth in low carbon energy at home and abroad.
He added:" British companies should be in pole position to take advantage of the huge growth of clean energy at home and around the world, but instead the Government are completely undermining the sector.”
Sadiq Khan said:
“The Tories' scaling back of support for low carbon industries are a threat to Londoners' jobs and to our city’s economy. In London alone, more than 2,000 jobs are at risk as a direct result.
“Low carbon is one of the key future growth areas for London’s economy - we need to be nurturing it, not hamstringing it. British companies should be in pole position to take advantage of the huge growth of clean energy at home and around the world, but instead the Government are completely undermining the sector.”
“London is a city of rooftops. We should be putting these to good use, and promoting the generation of clean energy in the city.”
“As Mayor I will work closely with the green sector to maximise growth and jobs. I will be the most pro-business Mayor London has ever had.”
Details of the early day motion are here - http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/437
· The Solar Trade Association estimate that 2,192 jobs in London are at risk because of the Government’s cuts to green energy subsidies http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/cut-to-solar-energy-feed-in-tariff-puts-up-to-27000-jobs-at-risk-across-the-uk/
· The Government have made a range of cuts to clean energy subsidies, and are currently reviewing feed-in tariffs, with a proposal to cut by 87% the domestic generation rate for the feed-in tariff: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/27/slashing-household-solar-subsides-kill-off-industry-government-feed-in-tariff
· The CBI estimated in September that the green economy is worth £120 billion http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/cbi_director_general_slams_government_over_costly_clean_energy_cuts_2190