UK comes under fire over FiT review

The UK government has been criticised for its early review of the Feed-in Tariff, a year ahead of schedule. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association is asking that the government make […]

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By Tom Gibson

The UK government has been criticised for its early review of the Feed-in Tariff, a year ahead of schedule. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association is asking that the government make sure measures are in place to safeguard those that have already started to invest in solar.

Those in the industry fear the review will place uncertainty in the sector and prevent those investing further, putting developing projects at risk.

Eleni Despotou, Secretary General of the EPIA, said: “The UK should raise its ambition and widely deploy PV, a decentralized, well proven, renewable electricity generation technology. According to estimates by EPIA, UK has been identified as having the fifth largest technical potential for PV in Europe. The UK also has significant existing manufacturing as well as new opportunities.”

According to Ofgem, more than 11,000 renewable energy projects, mostly solar, registered for feed-in tariffs in the first six months of the incentive scheme.

The Feed-in Tariff allows smallscale end users to create their own energy through renewable generation and then sell surplus energy back to the grid.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association is the world’s largest photovoltaic industry association with over 230 Members.