Bright future for solar in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has confirmed small-scale solar projects will continue receiving support. It has pledged to retain support for projects that have a capacity below 5MW. The news comes despite […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Scottish Government has confirmed small-scale solar projects will continue receiving support.

It has pledged to retain support for projects that have a capacity below 5MW.

The news comes despite the UK Government’s decision to close the Renewables Obligation scheme earlier this year.

Last week Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing wrote to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd expressing his concern “about the impact of the proposal and disappointment at the UK Government’s failure to consult”.

Mr Ewing said: “The UK Government’s decision to slash support for renewables is misplaced and actively discourages investment in clean energy.

“The industry needs clarity and certainty to allow the necessary decisions to be taken and I will do what I can to support the 3,000 solar jobs in Scotland that are under threat.

“So to maintain a consistency and certainty for a growing industry, I have decided to use the powers I have to retain the status quo until the closure of the Renewables Obligation in April 2016.”

Solar projects under the Feed-in Tariff scheme however won’t be covered by this as the Scottish Government doesn’t have the power over it.