More than 200 stakeholders in the UK’s solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March. In a letter to Energy Minister Claire Perry, members of the Solar Trade Association (STA) have urged ministers to confirm the extension of the export tariff, which enables small solar generators like households to sell unused renewable electricity back to the national grid, as a “matter of urgency”. The export tariff is not a subsidy but was introduced alongside the FIT scheme, which has been one of the key factors contributing to the huge increase in solar photovoltaic deployment across the UK. Since the launch of the FiT scheme, solar capacity has grown from 100MW in 2010 to 12.7GW at the end of last year.
Edie 30th Aug 2018 read more »
The government should abandon plans to scrap the export tariff paid to small solar generators, which the industry argues will leave householders providing green power to the grid for free. In an open letter co-ordinated by the Solar Trade Association (STA) and sent to Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry today, more than 200 organisations warn the removal of the export tariff will deal a further blow to the solar industry and leave small-scale UK solar generators in a poorer position than European counterparts.
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A majority of UK solar installers said they would face hardship if the government presses ahead with plans to close the export tariff, a Solar Power Portal survey has found. And of those surveyed, more than half said the decision would result in them having to either downsize or close their business altogether. The survey findings are being published ahead of forthcoming deadlines for responses to government documents. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s call for evidence on a future regulatory framework for small-scale renewables closes today, while a consultation on the closure of both the feed-in and export tariffs closes in a fortnight. “Let’s be clear; we are not asking for subsidy. We are asking for fair treatment for the everyday people and businesses who want to invest in clean power to do something really meaningful to help tackle climate change. Government must support their efforts,” Chris Hewett, chief executive at the STA, said.
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