The UK’s new Secretary of State for energy and climate change, Amber Rudd, has spoken of her desire to increase the deployment of solar PV under her watch.
Speaking to a local paper in her constituency, Amber Rudd told The Hastings Observer that she was “honoured” to land the top role at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Rudd was previously a climate change minister at DECC. Commenting on her focus in the new role, Rudd said: “I want to unleash a new solar revolution – we have a million people living under roofs with solar panels and that number needs to increase.”Rudd is referring to the number of households who have installed solar PV under the feed-in tariff scheme. The previous Coalition government had made it clear in its national Solar Strategy that it wants to focus solar PV deployment on rooftops, following the perception that ground-mount solar farms were becoming increasingly unpopular with the public.