The government is being put under mounting pressure to reconsider their ‘extreme’ Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) proposals following extensive consultation with the industry, organisations and stakeholders.
In a statement issued to government, organisations such as The Solar Trade Association (STA), IKEA, TUC and NFU have asked not to take the power away from consumers and communities, which would potentially see the UK solar industry shrink considerably.
Under plans put forward by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Feed-in-Tariff rates could be cut by some 90 per cent from January 2016; there are also proposals to link the initiative to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measurement of inflation, which tends to be lower that Retail Prices Index (RPI).
A spokesperson from the STA, added: “The government’s proposals for British solar are extreme and they are damaging for both the industry and for consumers. Solar puts people and communities in control and the government should back that – not take power from the people.”
There’s still time to get behind the scheme and have your say – the DECC consultation is open to the public, including solar panels companies etc, until 11.45pm on October 23rd. It is seeking advice on workable measures that would make the scheme more affordable and sustainable.
Failing that, if you have customers suitable for solar and already thinking of installing this technology, there is a way to beat the cuts! Installing a system ASAP is advised as you get paid on the electricity generated from the solar panels on the day you register for the Feed-in-Tariff, which only happens once your panels have been installed!
Pass on the news: some 730,000 households are already benefiting from solar PV systems with rates guaranteed for 20 years, making savings in the region of £635 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. There’s no time to waste!