The government quietly abandoned plans to install 1GW of solar on its estate following cuts to subsidies it enacted in 2015, Solar Power Portal can reveal. The plan, initially launched by the Cabinet Office and the then Department of Energy and Climate Change, aimed to install 1GW of solar on HMG property. It formed a key part of the 2014 UK Solar Strategy which was championed by then-climate change minister Greg Barker. However SPP has learned that the programme was shuttered in September 2015 – just 17 months after it was launched – following cuts to solar subsidies proposed that summer. SPP can also reveal that no formal announcement was ever made regarding the programme’s closure, with the Cabinet Office and DECC instead informing industry and government stakeholders privately. The programme eventually deployed just 100MW, equivalent to just 10% of its target capacity.
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