Scotland to offer subsidies for solar projects

The Scottish Government has announced it will support investment in solar projects. In a statement, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said “clarity and certainty” are needed in the solar industry. He […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Scottish Government has announced it will support investment in solar projects.

In a statement, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said “clarity and certainty” are needed in the solar industry.

He added: “To maintain a consistent policy framework until the Renewables Obligation closes, the Scottish Government is retaining the current policy on grandfathering and support levels for solar PV projects in Scotland.

The UK Government announced it will reduce subsidies for solar projects.

Mr Ewing added: “I have written to the Secretary of State to express my concern about the impact of the proposal and disappointment at the UK Government’s failure to consult.”

The Solar Trade Association Scotland welcomed the announcement.

Chairman John Forster Chairman added: “Solar projects in Scotland now know what level of support they are going to get and that they will get it for the full 20 years. It won’t be possible to cut support for Scottish projects down the line in, for example, year 15 of 20.

“We particularly appreciate how [Ferguson] Ewing has moved as quickly as possible in making this decision, allowing solar businesses to plan ahead and focus their efforts on any Scottish projects in the pipeline.”