Three U.K. companies received $2.8 million from the Turquoise International fund to develop solar power and other energy efficiency technologies, Bloomberg reported. About $1.2 million from the Low Carbon Innovation Fund will help Push Energy Ltd. to develop a large-scale land solar project. The rest will go to Amiho Ltd. and Green Energy Options Ltd. to produce energy efficiency technologies.
The U.K. is currently promoting energy efficiency through the Green Deal program to encourage homeowners and businesses to implement improvements that curb energy waste, such as installing solar panels or heat pumps for renewable power generation.
The U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change recently announced over 495,000 homes in the nation have solar power. For the week ending Dec. 15, the grid saw 10.88 megawatts of additional capacity.
"Half a million homes have been achieved in three years," said Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the Solar Trade Association, according to Solar Power Portal. "We want to achieve the next half a million homes in less than two years so that we can hit the big million in 2015."