Subsidy-free 120MW solar planned for UK

A renewable developer is planning to build a 120MW solar plant in the UK, without the use of subsidies. INRG Solar is plotting the Little Crow Solar Farm near Scunthorpe – as it is larger than 100MW, it could be the country’s second proposed solar farm of ‘significant infrastructure’ status. The project, which is expected […]

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, […]

Majority of Brits ‘unaware of solar energy support’

A majority of people (61%) in Britain are not aware they can get financial support from the Government for installing solar panels, according to a new survey. With 81% of adults concerned about rising energy bills, nearly half said they would like to install rooftop solar as a way to mitigate them. Just under half […]

Austria to bring lawsuit against Hinkley green light

Austria will challenge a decision to let the UK spend money on a new nuclear power plant in court. Its Federal Government announced the lawsuit plans after the the EU Commission gave a green light for Hinkley Point to be built in Somerset today. Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said they do “not accept” […]

Stop subsidising company cars says OECD

Countries should stop subsidising company cars to improve people’s health, claims the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It says advanced economies which “under-tax” company cars and diesel fuel are pushing up carbon emissions and air pollution. Most OECD governments tax company cars at lower rates than wages, according to the study by the […]

EU approves Czech renewable energy scheme

The European Commission has granted state aid approval for the Czech Republic’s new renewable energy subsidy scheme. The nation’s new Feed-in Tariff and green bonus scheme provides financial incentives to developers of renewable energy projects, including hydropower, wind, solar, biomass, biogas and geothermal. The Commission said the scheme “will further EU energy objectives without unduly […]

Solar funding cap is “positive” move for cash-strapped times

A cap on funding for solar panel projects which disappointed many has been greeted more practically by one firm in the solar supply chain. Larger solar projects won’t get cash from the renewable funding scheme under new plans announced yesterday. Jerry Hamilton, Director of Renewables and Energy Solutions at Rexel UK said: “In an ideal world, […]

New EU rules ‘restrict state aid for renewable energy’

The proposed guidelines for renewable energy subsidies “risk undermining the EU’s commitment” to clean energy, Europe’s local and regional authorities have warned. They are calling for new rules on state aid to promote green energy and continue to allow governments to provide subsidies for renewables. The EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives believe the […]

EU launches aid probe into Hinkley nuclear project

European Union regulators have launched an investigation to see if UK plans to subsidise a new nuclear power plant are in line with EU state aid rules. EDF Energy is set to build a £16 billion nuclear plant (pictured) at Hinkley Point in Somerset for which the UK Government has guaranteed power prices for 35 […]

Calls to cut Drax power plant subsidies

A Yorkshire coal power station should not get millions of pound in support from government to convert to biomass, campaigners said yesterday. Last week Energy Secretary Ed Davey visited the Drax power plant to see the system which will transport biomass to its first converted unit. Three units in total are set to eventually use […]