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REA and STA comments on FiTs review

 Nov, 02 - 2011   Green Issues

Following the recent announcement of a consultation regarding the Feed in Tariffs, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Solar Trade Association (STA) has predicted the following effects:

The domestic, own-funded market, will slow with the ‘free’ domestic (i.e. rent a roof schemes) stopping completely. The new build domestic market will continue to be driven by planning policy, such as the Zero Carbon Homes agenda.

Where commercial roofs are concerned the market for over 50kW had already slowed and those under 50kW will follow suit. As with domestic; ‘free’ PV will cease.

The REA and STA had already called for cuts of 25% in tariffs across all scales of projects as it predicted that the budget would be exceeded some time ago.

Proposed tariff reductions:

Band (kW) Current generation tariff (p/kWh) Proposed generation tariff (p/kWh)
•4kW (new build)37.821.0
•4kW (retrofit)43.321.0
>4-10kW37.816.8
>10-50kW32.915.2
>50-100kW1912.9
>100-150kW1912.9
>150-250kW1512.9
>250kW-5MW8.58.5*
stand alone8.58.5*

The deadline for the final consultation is the 23rd December. Projects commissioned before 12th December will get existing tariffs for the 25 year duration. Anything commissioned after 12th December but before 1st April will get the existing tariffs at first but these will be reduced to the lower tariffs from 1st April. Projects commissioned after 1st April will get the new rates.

In addition, there will also be new energy efficiency requirements. From 1 April 2012, domestic installations must be accompanied by an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a level C or above, or all ‘Green Deal’ measures have been completed. Where a domestic property does not meet these energy efficiency requirements, the Solar PV installation may receive a lower tariff.

Whatever changes take place, the equipment and installer chosen must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited. Logic4training’s Solar PV training is recognised by MCS.