Picture of Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry on stage.
Claire Perry: Solar power shouldn’t be provided to the grid for free

She said BEIS is considering a new scheme as costs have fallen and the next steps for small-scale renewables will be announced shortly

UK to scrap Feed-in Tariff scheme in April 2019

There will be no grace period for those projects in oversubscribed deployment caps queuing beyond 31st March 2019

DECC proposes anaerobic digestion subsidy cuts

The government has proposed to reduce support for anaerobic digestion (AD) projects in the UK. It has launched a consultation – open until 7th July – on revised support levels for AD and micro combined heat and power (mCHP) technologies currently eligible for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. The initiative was launched in 2010 to […]

UK Government softens domestic solar cuts

The UK Government has confirmed cuts to financial support for domestic solar projects – but by less than expected. The so-called Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) will be reduced by 64% in comparison to the previous proposal of an 87% cut. That means the total cap for small-scale renewable projects will stand at £100 million from February […]

Green cuts ‘risks £127m of community projects’

Community renewable projects worth £127 million are at risk due to the UK Government’s proposed cut to the Feed-in Tariff scheme. That’s according to a new report by Community Energy England which assesed the impact of the changes proposed by the Tories. It surveyed 80 organisations which have delivered 30MW of renewable energy capacity in 175 separate […]

Renewables sector writes open letter to DECC

The UK renewables sector has called on the government to re think its cuts to Feed-in Tariff eligbility. Seven organisations from across the country have submitted an open letter to DECC claiming the changes are bad for business and energy security. The letter comes hot on the heels of a warning that solar will be […]

DECC confirms changes to green subsidy scheme

The UK Government has confirmed it will remove pre-accreditation for all new participants in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. It will come into effect from October 1st this year and is part of the government’s plans to reform renewable energy subsidies in an attempt to deal with a projected overspend. FiTs provide developers of solar, […]

Guest Blog: Georgina Penfold – Sun sets on solar support… but an interesting case study?

I’m sure you have all heard about the proposals to slash Feed-in Tariff payments for small-scale solar projects – falling from the current level of 12.48p/kWh to only 1.63p per kWh. The news has sent shockwaves throughout the solar industry and threatens to impact many energy generation projects. However, as an energy professional, now working […]

Solar firms defeat DECC in £132m damages claim

The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 solar energy firms in a £132 million damages claim against the Government. The companies were pursuing damages following the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme in 2011. The government gave the industry six weeks’ notice that financial incentives for […]

UK’s biggest solar canopies to save city £33k

Nottingham is planning two large solar panel “canopies” on top of two car parks which will earn the City Council thousands of pounds. On Wednesday councillors approved plans for the first solar array at Queen’s Drive park and ride scheme which will generate £121,000 a year for the Council. The 4,000 solar panels will export […]