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22 Mar 2011 12:03:10

Homeowners 'still need incentives to install solar panels'



Homeowners 'still need incentives to install solar panels'
Incentives are still needed to encourage homeowners to install solar panels, despite the cost of solar energy falling, one expert has claimed.

Ian Reilly, business development manager at Beyond Building Solar, said the government must "seriously consider" the financial effect that cutting the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) in its review of the scheme would have.

"The fact is that the infrastructure with electricity in the country is costing quite a lot of money. A household that puts a system on their roof maintains it and looks after it – it doesn't cost the government anything to do that," Mr Reilly said, adding in the long run microgeneration will save the government money.

He went on to advise homeowners the best time to install solar panels is now, before any reduction in the FiTs comes into force.

The comments come after the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced it would be reducing its support under the FiTs for installations of 50kW or greater, while increasing its support for anaerobic digestion.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800471418-ADNFCR


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OFG wrote:

25 Mar 2011

THE GOVERNMENT IS CORRECT IN MAKING SURE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CAP ON INDIVIDUAL/DOMESTIC PV INSTALLATIONS UP TO 4kw- IT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUAL 'PIONEERS' TO BE ENCOURAGED TO INVEST IN PV FOR THEMSELVES THAN IT IS SIMPLY TO HAVE COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES BENEFITTING FROM THE SCHEME.
(OF COURSE) FUNDS ARE LIMITED & FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BE FORCED TO NOT BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT HOUSEHOLDERS WHO DO INVEST TURN OUT NOT TO HAVE THE BENEFITS OF 'FITS' IS UNNACEPTABLE. WE NEED ONE HOUSE IN EVERY ROAD IN THE COUNTRY FITTED WITH PV SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR EVERYBODY - NOT SOME INVISIBLE FIELDS SOMEWHERE COVERED IN PV & BENEFITTING A FEW SHAREHOLDERS OR OWNERS OF SPARE LAND.
........ POWER TO THE PEOPLE <> NOT TO CONGLOMERATES !




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