A collapse in the number of residential solar installs has prompted politicians to call for urgent action to fix renewables’ “policy void”. Last week, official government statistics revealed that just 3.6MW of domestic solar was installed in April 2019, the first month after the feed-in tariff closed to new applicants. More than 40MW was installed in the same deployment bracket the month before, prompting calls for government to urgently address a number of policy factors which have led to a policy vacuum which is stymying deployment. Earlier this week Rachel Reeves, chair of the BEIS select committee, wrote to stand-in energy and clean growth minister Chris Skidmore to raise continued concerns over the country’s domestic small-scale renewable sector, specifically regarding the policy vacuum it currently operates in and looming changes to VAT rates. In the letter, dated 4 June 2019, Reeves references previous communications with Claire Perry – who is currently on leave – on the subject, but cites renewed concerns that a hike in VAT poses a threat to various deployment schemes.
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A mix of solar and wind is a ‘no regrets’ solution to power gaps left by nuclear if supported through the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, according to a new report. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) report suggests that the UK will potentially see a power gap emerge due to development of two new nuclear power plants being halted, as well as cracking occurring in the graphite reactor cores of two existing plants.
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