2016 has been the year of bad news following more bad news for most of us. Today, however, we welcome some really positive news.
The Government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The Solar Trade Association (STA) provided clear evidence and galvanised strong stakeholder opposition to the proposals during a consultation launched in March.
Solar Thermal technology is internationally proven and will now remain in the RHI for domestic systems with no change from the current level of 19.74p/kWh of support over seven years.
Non-domestic applications of solar thermal will remain at 10.16/kWh over 20 years up to 200kW in size.
Logic4training welcomes the news. Over the last 3 years, solar has seen a level of uncertainty over subsidies, the green deal and RHI.
The STA’s #KeepSolarThermal campaign was hugely successful, galvanising 126 stakeholders, all of whom submitted consultation responses specifically focusing on solar thermal, a third of all respondents to the RHI consultation.
They also gained the support of 20 key organisations for a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Minister of State at the Department for Business) stressing the importance of keeping solar thermal within the RHI.
Aiming for growth
Solar thermal’s reinstatement in the RHI is now expected to reignite growth in the sector. The STA will look to increase their marketing efforts and continue to push the technology.
The response and associated impact assessment can be found here.
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