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Energy minister Stephen Timms this week announced an extra £2.2m in funding for UK solar projects.

The funding will assist 24 projects, enabling the creation of almost 650kWp. Projects were awarded to 11 regions and nine different installers and housing associations, councils, schools and businesses are among those who will benefit.

This round of funding assists medium- to large-scale solar electric power installations (5-100kWp) under the government’s £25m Major Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme.

The assisted projects include a children’s hospice in Guildford, a Huddersfield housing development and a school on the Isle of Wight.

Timms said: “This latest successful round is further proof of the growing appeal of solar power in the UK. To date this Government has awarded £15m worth of grants to various projects. The growth and development of the solar power industry will help take us a step closer to achieving our renewable energy target of 10% of electricity by 2010.”

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