We’ve been clear that we’re in favour of renewable energy, and indeed we’re in favour of solar – done the right way and in the right place. This petition on gov.uk makes a lot of sense…


Solar panels reduce bills by allowing homes to generate some of their own electricity. Installing solar during construction can reduce costs by over a third and with storage they can halve electricity bills. Despite this, there is no meaningful regulation forcing house builders to install solar.

  • The Government aims to build 300,000 new homes per year yet only 8,400 homes a year install solar [BEIS/HMTreasury]
  • 400,000 people in Britain are in fuel poverty [Citizens Advice]
  • The MyGridGB home with solar and battery storage has half the energy bill and carbon emissions of an average UK house. Over 65% of it’s electricity comes from renewables [MyGridGB.co.uk]
  • Scotland already has a scheme to encourage solar on new build homes.
  • The average solar install costs less than £4,500