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Dr Jeremy Leggett is the Founder and Chairman of SolarCentury, so it is no surprise that he believes that the cost of solar energy will eventually reach parity with traditional electricity sources. What may be a surprise is that he believes this future will be achieved by 2013.

Even in cloudy Britain, Leggett argues, the potential to run the majority of household needs from solar generated sources is within reach, and with economies of scale along with the continued rise in the cost of oil, the ascendancy of solar power is assured.

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