UK National Solar Centre opens

UK energy minister Greg Barker

UK energy minister Greg Barker

The BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) has been formally opened in southwest England by UK energy minister Greg Barker, underpinning the hopes among Britain’s PV sector that it is at last on a more stable growth path.

The NSC will operate under the aegis of the Building Research Establishment, a once-public, now-private organisation which conducts research and testing for the country’s building and construction sectors. 

As such, a heavy emphasis of the NSC will be establishing firmer standards for PV installations in the UK, researching future building-integrated PV applications, and collecting data on existing installations.

Contrary to its name, the NSM will not be directly funded by the UK government. Rather, it was established using £870,000 ($1.3m) provided by the European Regional Development fund, and matching funds contributed by Log in to read complete article.

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