Renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has promised to keep its office open over the weekend of 10th and 11th December to help small solar generators meet the Feed-in Tariff deadline.
The date was brought forward controversially by the coalition, leaving many in the industry in disarray over their applications. Under the new tariff payments for domestic solar electricity generators will be reduced across the board for installations completed after 11 December 2011. Rates for PV of 4kW or below will be reduced from 43.3p per unit to 21p as of April 1 2012.
Juliet Davenport, CEO at Good Energy said: “We will be opening our offices over the deadline FIT weekend so we can help those who have already installed projects to sort out their paperwork, before it’s too late. The decision to bring the FIT deadline forward is creating a mad scramble in the industry, from consumers to installers and that’s something the Government has to avoid happening again in future.”
In order to qualify for the higher Feed-in Tariff rate for solar generation under 50kW, users will need to have completed their installation, obtained a Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificate number and register before midnight on 11 December.
Mrs Davenport said solar was still worth considering without the higher rate as it was bound to drop in price: “We believe that solar PV remains a good investment for households looking to shelter themselves from volatile energy prices whilst reducing their carbon footprint. The scheme should become more accessible as the price of solar panels continues to fall.”