Senior players in the Scottish solar industry are quietly optimistic of major concessions from the Scot-Govt over business rates. The solar industry has been heavily lobbying Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse and senior civil servants at St. Andrew’s House since the issue ignited in Spring this year when local cooncils announced the business rates for financial year 2017-18. As with the Scottish small hydro energy sector, solar power providers in Scotland immediately erupted in an industry fury after business rate rises of up to 500% were announced. The Scot-Govt swiftly announced a temporary business rate relief package and – after the initial political heat subsided – senior managers in both small hydro and Scottish solar power providers have since held a series of confidential meetings with the Scottish Energy Minister and his advisors.
Scottish Energy News 13th June 2017 read more »
With the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for UK based solar incentives finishing on 31 March 2017, the domestic sector once again showed its resilience by installing a healthy 640MW during Q1 2017. Installed capacity was dominated, as expected, by 4.99 MW solar farms under 1.2 ROCs/MWh. In fact, ground-mounted capacity accounted for more than 90% of the quarterly deployment figure. The rush to connect by 31 March 2017, and subsequently apply for accreditation from Ofgem for 1.2 ROCs, saw an incredible number of solar farms built. Of the 118 solar farms accounting for the ground-mount contribution, 90 of these had capacity in the range 4.5-5 MW.
Solar Portal 12th June 2017 read more »