Gloucester MP calls for extension of solar power incentives to community groups

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, has called for the government to consider extending feed in tariffs currently available to householders to community groups.


In an intervention in a Westminister Hall Debate on Solar Power and Feed in Tariffs, Richard Graham said:


 “Will my hon. Friend consider asking Ministers whether they would contemplate allowing the same feed-in tariffs to community buildings, including sports clubs and other local organisations, rather than large-scale commercial manufacturing of solar power? ’’


Shailesh Vara, Assistant Whip in the House of Commons, responded on behalf of the Government by saying:


‘‘I am more than happy to pass that on to the relevant Minister’’


After the debate Richard Graham said ‘‘Heating takes up an increasingly large percentage of costs and this would enable these organisations and clubs to keep membership fees low and money spent on community activities. I’m encouraged that the government will look into my proposal and I understand there are cost implications involved’’