Govt. cuts solar feed-in tariff pre-accreditation – despite majority renewables support

Solar TRade Association new logoThe UK Government has confirmed its decision to prevent bigger commercial solar roofs and smaller solar farms from having any certainty over the feed-in tariff they will get once their projects are finished.

The move gets rid of the ability to ‘pre-accredit’ to a fixed tariff level, meaning that complex community and commercial projects that can take longer to complete could have to deal with constantly reducing tariff levels between the start and finish of the project.

This comes just two weeks after the Government published proposals for wholescale cuts to feed-in tariffs for solar as of January 2016 – affecting residential, commercial and solar farms – that will see tariffs cut by up to 87% and will likely cause the closure of the entire scheme.

A spokesman for the UK Solar Trade Association said: “Just 16 out of 2,372 respondents supported the proposal to do away with pre-accreditation, and yet the Government has gone ahead and done it anyway. They have simply ignored the overwhelming opposition from across the renewables industry and beyond.”

“Renewables and solar are all about giving power to the people – this is going in the opposite direction.”

“This removal of pre-accreditation and the devastating cuts to tariffs are both going against the tide of public opinion where 80% of people support solar power, more than any other technology.”

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