A petition has been launched urging the government to consider enforcing that new homes in the UK be built with solar PV. The petition seeks to trigger a debate in parliament over whether or not the measure could be enacted, and how it would work in practice, mentioning how there is currently no supporting legislature that specifies the addition of solar panels to new build developments. With the government having last year outlined plans to build 300,000 new homes each year, the petition argues that if just half those were built with standard solar PV installs, it would be enough to increase the country’s solar generation capacity by 5% annually. It seeks legislation to require house builders to install a “meaningful amount” of solar PV, with firms needing to justify their decisions based on a lifetime economic return calculation reached using a national model.
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