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Tennant's super

READER'S WRITE

Well done to Tessa Tennant for her photovoltaics wake up call to the ICE at the Happold Memorial Lecture (NCE 7 June). However, it is a sad reflection on our Institution and the UK construction industry that this technology is being promoted by an investment fund manager and not by our own members.

The potential for photovoltaic building materials is huge, particularly in cladding and roofing, and we must do more to lobby the politicians for financial incentives.

Last year Glasgow hosted the 16th European Photovoltaic Conference, which boasted a global rather than European delegation of around 1,500 delegates. Sadly, our host nation was not the best represented and UK engineers were sparsely scattered.

The attendance of our minister of state for energy was also very brief. Germany, Japan and even the USA are leading the way with political support for photovoltaic installations while the UK remains in the starting blocks.

Andrew Waller (M) abwaller@spidernet. com. cy

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