The Solar Trade Association (STA) urgently called on UK energy minister Claire Perry to back the continuation of the “export tariff” last night. The organisation published an open letter in which it asked Ms Perry to continue the tariff to “ensure small solar generators are paid at a fair market rate, for the power they feed into the grid”. STA claim that the export tariff is not a subsidy but works alongside the Feed-In-Tariff to ensure fair payment to firms. The letter has been signed by over 200 prominent members and organisations within the solar sector. STA chief executive Chris Hewett said; “The latest Government proposals for solar power are creating shock waves well beyond the solar industry. Nobody can fathom how Government can contemplate leaving households and small organisations as the only generators left unpaid for the valuable power they put into the electricity network.
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The solar industry has today issued a rallying call to preserve export tariff payments from next April ahead of looming consultation deadlines. A call for evidence on future regulatory frameworks for small-scale renewables closes later today, while the deadline for responses to a consultation on government plans to close the export tariff from next April closes in a fortnight. Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) has published an open letter – co-signed by more than 200 industry stakeholders – addressed to energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry, arguing that export tariffs constitute fair payments for consumers who generate their own electricity. There is also concern over how the export tariff decision goes against new EU legislation – specifically the EU RED (II) Directive – which states all energy ‘prosumers’ receive a payment equivalent to fair market price for any excess energy they export to the grid.
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Amazon has submitted plans for a 4MW rooftop solar array to be deployed on its Tilbury fulfilment centre alongside a 3.77MW Tesla battery facility to help power the site, Solar Power Portal can reveal. Planning permission is being sought from Thurrock Council by Push Energy, which is developing the site on behalf of the online retail giant. A 4.074MWp system has been proposed using over 15,000 270W solar PV modules from Jinko Solar. The system would add to an existing solar array installed at the site of an unknown size, suggesting it is currently less than 1MW as formal planning consent is not required for systems below this threshold under permitted development rules.
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