Relocating your firm? Take your solar panels too

Businesses will soon be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate. DECC has confirmed companies with medium and large solar installations will be allowed to move […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Businesses will soon be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate.

DECC has confirmed companies with medium and large solar installations will be allowed to move without losing the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payments from summer 2019.

Previously if a FiT accredited installation was moved, it was ineligible for further support.

Energy Minister Amber Rudd said: “Solar PV is already used by thousands of businesses and by removing barriers more will be able to reap the benefits of lower energy bills.

“People have the power to generate their own electricity and now there is even more of an incentive.”

However, DECC has also added a number of conditions to the approval following a consultation process. Under the new rules, buildings must use at least 10% of the electricity generated from the panels in order to qualify for the FiT scheme.

Any extra capacity added during a company’s move will be treated as an extension to its existing FiT contract, meaning businesses will not miss out if they look to boost their installations after moving offices.