Over 150 MPs have backed a campaign to increase the UK's commitment to solar power, partly to reduce the impact of price rises from energy suppliers.
Dubbed We Support Solar, the campaign aims to expand the use of solar photovoltaics (PV) and to formalise a feed-in tariff whereby homeowners are paid to supply the grid with electricity generated from panels installed on their property.
If a suitable feed-in tariff is agreed, a higher take-up of solar PV panels could help create 200,000 jobs as the workforce is put together to install the technology.
Robin Webster, senior energy and climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told New Energy Focus: "If we're going to deliver the 2020 renewable energy target, the UK is going to need contributions from all proven technologies including solar PV."
He added that more work needs to be done to properly recognise the potential of solar PV in building towards a greener Britain.
All the UK's major energy companies have recently announced price reductions but they have been criticised for their limited scale.
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