AQW 2817/22-27 – Installation of solar panels

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities whether she intends to introduce mandatory installation of solar panels to all newly constructed social dwellings.

Minister for Communities: Increasing the energy efficiency of homes is a vital way of mitigating the effects of climate change, reducing fuel poverty and improving health. Therefore the Department is supporting sustainable and energy efficient design beyond the statutory minimum by allowing Housing Associations to claim a supplementary ‘Energy Efficiency Multiplier’ for new dwelling which exceed the minimum standards currently required under the Building regulations 2012.