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Renewable Industry Praises Delay to Solar Tariff Cuts

 

The UK’s renewable industry has welcomed the announcement by Energy Secretary Ed Davey not to go ahead with scheduled reduction in solar tariffs which would have badly hit the solar PV sector.

Solar does not only protect homeowners from rising energy bills, but it also delivers a great return on investment. The cost of solar power has been coming down faster than any other energy generation technology, the Renewable Energy Association confirmed.

Commenting on the decision to help the renewable industry, Energy Minister Greg Barker said the Government is “listening carefully to industry” and that this delay gives industry the opportunity to reignite the solar market and grow further.

“It is very encouraging for the future that Government is listening to industry concerns, but we need certainty as soon as possible on the details of when and what the next tariff adjustments will be.”- Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA), Paul Barwell, said.

Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy which is the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier commented that solar is a great opportunity for the generation of renewable energy and a powerful way of giving households greater control over their energy bills.

Ms Davenport said: “Already we’re seeing how solar makes a natural partner for more intermittent forms of renewable generation, like wind. That’s going to become more and more important in years to come, and it’s time to invest today for the energy market of tomorrow.”

What’s your reaction to the announcement by Energy Secretary Ed Davey not to go ahead with scheduled reduction in solar tariffs which will help the renewable industry? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below: 

Solar Industry Associations to Clarify Good Reruns for Householders

 

The four major associations representing UK’s solar industry have joined together to support consumers and set the record straight about the current status of domestic solar power and the Feed-in Tariff, the Renewable Energy Association revealed today.

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), the Micropower Council (MPC), the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA) are concerned that public opinion about renewable energy has been distorted by headlines such as “drastic cuts,” “illegal consultation,” or “huge job losses”, which do not reflect the actual reality on the ground as they obscure the truth about the renewable sector.

Industry representatives outlined the drastically falling cost in solar PV, ,making it a desirable investment to those who want to avoid increasingly rising energy bills and help tackling climate change.

Mainstream analysts expect solar power to be cheaper than buying electricity off the grid before the end of the decade. Costs in PV have fallen more rapidly in the past 12 months than any other energy technology, allowing consumers to save money in the future.

The association forecasts that solar industry has a bright future in the UK; it is exciting and becoming more popular. Industry experts think that tariffs will reduce over time in line with these significant cost reductions which will contribute for the creation of new jobs in the renewable sector.

Chairman of the British Photovoltaic Association commented that solar PV can offer clean, affordable and secure energy that people of the UK need.

You can find further information about the solar PV and read the full comments by the four major associations from here

Thousands of solar jobs have been saved today as the government lost its case to cut solar funding

Today, the solar industry has won an appeal against the government’s attempt to cut subsidies for solar panels in the UK.

Three judges today rejected the government’s decision to reduce renewable energy tariffs through which people in Britain are paid for the electricity they generate.

The Solar industry welcomed the news as a positive outcome for the entire renewable energy sector in Britain.

Ben Warren, a partner at Ernst and Young, told the BBC this morning that the decision from the court was a big breakthrough for the entire renewable sector across the country.

Mr Warren said: “This decision has very important implications for the whole renewable energy sector in the UK.”

The government proposed a new tariff of 21p per kilowatt-hour opposed to a previous tariff of 43p per Kilowatt-hour which sparked anger from environmental groups and installers across the country. The new changes were expected to come into effect from 1 April this year.

As the High Court ruled today that changing the tariffs in this way was “legally flawed”, the government should now re-consider its approach to providing funding for the renewable energy sector.

The proposed change to significantly cut solar subsidies had disappointed industry as it affected projects which have already been commissioned but not installed – costing businesses millions of pounds and thousands of jobs for people in the renewable industry.

Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Solarcentury, the UK’s leading solar energy company, expressed optimism about the court ruling said the news was a positive outcome for the entire renewable energy sector.

Mr Leggett said: “Today we have reminded government that it will be held to account when it acts illegally and tries to push through unlawful policy changes.

“We would much prefer not to have taken this path but ministers gave us no choice. Our hope now is that we can work together again to restore the thriving jobs-rich solar sector that has been so badly undermined by government actions since October.”

What is your opinion on the government’s attempt to reduce solar subsidies for the renewable energy sector? What would have been the drawback of such decision if the High Court had not recognised the issue in its ruling today? Share your thoughts be commenting below:

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