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Green call for solar energy push

Solar hot water systems and passive solar systems are two renewable energy solutions that have been overlooked when improving the energy efficiency of existing homes, a member of the Green Party has said.

Dr Rupert Read, the lead candidate for the Eastern Region in the 2009 European  Parliament elections, was speaking ahead of his keynote speech at the Institute of Domestic Heating and Environmental Engineers annual conference, which will be held later this month.

“The renewable energy sources that we believe need to be pushed the most and which have been the most neglected are solar hot water systems and passive solar systems,” Dr Read said.

“We also believe that there needs to be much better Government support for the installation of appropriate forms of renewable energy in existing homes.”

Dr Read said it was vital that the Government invests more in district level combined heat and power schemes: “This would make homes and districts less dependent on a centralised national grid and minimise the amount of energy wasted that currently occurs when so many of our power stations produce heat.”