UK Government urged to continue export tariff for small-scale solar

The signatories of a letter to Energy Minister Claire Perry say removal of the payment will lead to householders, small businesses and others providing power to the grid for free

BEIS outlines its vision for the future of Solar

With the Governments Feed-In Tarif (FiT) scheme set to close in April 2019, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has predicted that the total deployable MWs for sub-5MW installations is expected to drop below 50MW-100MW per year as a result.

Member groups call for Feed-in Tariff clarification

Ten member groups have written a joint letter to the UK Government, calling for clarification regarding the future of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. Groups including Energy UK, the National Farmers Union of Scotland and the Solar Trade Association have voiced concerns about the future of the initiative,  which supports small-scale renewable energy projects. The FiT is currently […]

How can embedded generation and demand side response boost income and savings?

Embedded generation and demand side response (DSR) should be on your radar if your business is thinking about generating its own electricity and possibly selling some to the grid. Embedded generation is the production of electricity from technologies, including renewables like solar, wind and biomass or non-renewables, that are directly connected to the distribution network. […]

Lightsource to invest £600m to buy solar arrays from consumers

Lightsource Renewable Energy plans to invest £600 million in the next five years to buy solar arrays from householders and businesses. That will be in return for the transfer of their Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payment, with consumers receiving an upfront lump sum and continuing to receive the free energy generated by their systems. In addition, […]

Feed-in Tariff deployment rose 28% in April

Projects deployed under the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme at the end of April had a total capacity of 4,982MW. That’s more than 865,600 installations – a 28% increase in total FiT installed capacity compared to the same period in 2015, new figures from DECC reveal. The highest growth rate was in hydro projects which rose […]

Installed solar before 2012? You can get ‘cash back’

A solar firm has partnered with an investment company to launch £10 million in green cashback payments for households. ShareSolar and Abundance’s scheme allows householders who installed solar panels before April 2012 to convert their future Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payments into a single upfront payment, averaging around £11,000. They will also continue to enjoy the green […]

Solar ‘good investment for householders despite reduced tariffs’

Solar will remain a good investment for householders despite reduced tariffs. That’s according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) which added the new rates will still be attractive for them. The Feed-in Tariff changed today which means customers with solar panels will be eligible for a rate of 4.39p/kWh from February. Although the FiT will be paused […]

Mixed reactions to solar subsidy cuts

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Solar body launches ‘£1 rescue plan’

The UK solar industry has launched an emergency rescue plan which would add £1 to household energy bills by 2019. According to the Solar Trade Association (STA) this is an alternative to the government’s decision to cut solar support via the Feed-In Tariff scheme. The plan could work for both the solar industry and the government, […]