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Encouraging solar power

Encouraging solar power
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Key Info
  • Encouraging solar power
  • Duration: 04:02
  • Householders are being subsidised to install free solar roof panels. Fuel companies are paying for installations of as much as £20,000 per house, and paying for it by taxing non-solar-panel users. The result is a rise in net solar power usage, at no cost to the government. The individual householder gets electricity savings of up to 50 percent at no personal cost. Can anything be wrong with this idea?
  • Subject:

    Business Studies

       Topic:

    External Factors

  • Keywords: solar power, global warming, sustainability, environment, incentives, subsidy, cross-subsidy, government intervention
Ideas for use in class
  • As a prompt to discussion: is it right for a minority of home-owners to gain advantage at the cost of other members of society?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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