Relocating? Take your solar panels with you

New plans to make it easier for businesses to move their solar panels when they relocate have been unveiled by the Government. DECC has launched a consultation seeking views on […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New plans to make it easier for businesses to move their solar panels when they relocate have been unveiled by the Government.

DECC has launched a consultation seeking views on removing a barrier for building-mounted solar PV by allowing medium and large installations to be moved between buildings without losing the Feed-in Tariff payments.

Currently if a FIT-accredited installation is moved, it becomes ineligible for further support, which could have deterred both tenants and landlords from investing in renewable energy, DECC said.

The move, which will allow solar installations with capacity more than 50kW to transfer location, is intended to help boost the uptake of large rooftop solar arrays.

Energy Minister Amber Rudd said: “Around 900 businesses already use solar PV – but I want to see more generating their own electricity.

“There’s potential for significant growth in this area so it’s vital that we remove the barriers which prevent businesses from benefiting.”

DECC is also introducing a 12-month grid delay grace period for solar projects when the Renewable Obligation closes to schemes exceeding 5MW.