10 Jun 2011 10:06:07
Govt confirms solar power FiT cuts
The government has released the final results of its Feed-in Tariff review, confirming rates for 'large-scale' solar projects will be slashed.
Following a public consultation, the Department of Energy and Climate Change confirmed from August 1st new installations with a size of over 50kW will receive a reduced level of subsidy.
The government reiterated its view that the cuts were needed as a greater than expected number of large-scale solar projects – those with a capacity of over 50kW – had been received and this would have overwhelmed the scheme.
Climate change minister Greg Barker said: "The new tariffs will ensure a sustained growth path for the solar industry while protecting the money for householders, small businesses and communities and will also further encourage the uptake of green electricity from anaerobic digestion."
New tariffs are also being introduced for stand-alone solar projects and farm-scale anaerobic digestion developments.
The reduction in subsidies for solar power was condemned by the Renewable Energy Association, which said a fairer cut would have been a 25 percent reduction across the board to reflect the falling costs of photovoltaic technology.