E.On has unveiled a ‘first of its kind’ Solar Reward scheme promising to “bridge the gap” between the feed-in tariff and the Smart Export Guarantee. The first 500 customers to install solar PV via E.On’s solar programme will receive 5.24p per kilowatt hour of electricity exported back to the grid. That rate is exactly the same as the existing export tariff paid out under the FiT, meaning that E.On’s Solar Reward scheme will essentially step in to the policy void left by Sunday’s feed-in tariff closure. E.On’s solar reward will only be paid to the first 500 customers and will only be paid for one calendar year, after which it is expected that the SEG will either be in place or close to being implemented.
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Gridserve has revealed plans to install more than 100 electric-vehicle charging stations throughout the U.K. It will start building the first of these facilities later this year, backed by a £1 billion ($1.7 billion) investment. This year, the company plans to start installing the first of more than 100 such sites, which will be backed by PV arrays and batteries. The build-out is part of a £1 billion ($1.7 billion) program, backed by the U.K. government’s first Energy Investment Portfolio. “Within five years we plan to have more than 100 Electric Forecourts in use, with each supported by solar energy and battery storage,” said Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of Gridserve.
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The Government’s decision to axe the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme will leave dozens of UK community groups “struggling to make the business case” for new small-scale solar projects, think tank Green Alliance has warned. Launched in 2010, the FiT scheme provides payments to owners of small-scale renewable generators at a fixed rate per unit of electricity produced, enabling the cost of installation to be recouped. It has been one of the key factors contributing to the huge increase in solar photovoltaic deployment from 100MW in January 2010 to 12.7GW at the end of 2017, of which 4.8GW is supported by FITs. According to Green Alliance, the closure of the programme on Sunday (31 March) will mean that 30 community projects totalling 4MW capacity will miss out on FiT contracts by the end of 2019. A further 77 private and public sector renewable schemes, totalling 32MW of solar and 21MW of wind, are also expected to not get FiT contracts. This trend, Green Alliance claims, could leave many of the organisations behind these projects with “redundant business models”, forcing them to abandon construction. The think tank is particularly concerned that community groups will miss out not only on increasing the proportion of clean energy on the grid, but also the chance to create new jobs and skills while tackling fuel poverty.
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