Efficiency clause in new FiT plan is ‘extra hurdle’

New plans for the solar Feed-in Tariff which mean homes can only apply if they are efficient enough is an “extra hurdle” for customers. That’s the view of UK green […]

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By Vicky Ellis

New plans for the solar Feed-in Tariff which mean homes can only apply if they are efficient enough is an “extra hurdle” for customers.

That’s the view of UK green energy equipment seller Myriad CEG Power, which is concerned customer purchases could be affected.

Today Energy Minister Greg Barker announced plans to set a minimum level “D” on the efficiency scale for homes installing solar panels before they are eligible for FiT payments.

Phil McVan, managing director of Myriad CEG Power said: “The implementation of the new regime will undoubtedly change the landscape of customer purchases.

“Linking eligibility to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regime places an extra hurdle in front of potential customers who will now have to ensure their energy efficiency before qualifying for financial support.”

In the Government’s consultation on new FiTs plans, 43% of respondents disagreed with introducing a minimum energy efficiency requirement.

However analysts at Ernst & Young welcomed the change as “much more realistic” compared with early plans to set minimum requirement at the higher ‘C’ level.