Government’s new solar rates a positive step

New streamlined rates for the Government’s solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) are being hailed as a positive step for the industry. Renewable energy seller SmartestEnergy is welcoming the plans to lump […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New streamlined rates for the Government’s solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) are being hailed as a positive step for the industry.

Renewable energy seller SmartestEnergy is welcoming the plans to lump smaller renewable energy projects – between 50 and 250kW in size – under the same tariff level of 12.9p/kWh. The new levels are likely to apply from April 2012.

But the firm says that DECC could go even further and create a single rate for all projects, no matter how big or small.

Colin Prestwich, head of regulation at SmartestEnergy said: “We believe a single rate at that level would encourage a healthy balance of investment between domestic and commercial scale systems.”

He added: “Different rates for domestic and commercial solar projects are unjustified as the technology used is largely the same regardless of the size of a project and the potential for economies of scale is limited.”

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