Amber Rudd will fill the chair vacated by Edward Davey as secretary of state for energy and climate change, the government has confirmed.
Rudd was formerly climate change minister.
The MP for Hastings and Rye has her work cut out, given the suite of policies she has inherited and the fact that legally binding 2020 targets will fall on the watch of the current government.
Her appointment was welcomed by renewable groups, although Rudd is also seen as an ally by shale proponents.
Update: Rudd has previously expressed backing for solar power, and reiterated that commitment to her local paper, The Hastings & St Leonards Observer this week vowing to “unleash a solar revolution“.