The Government released a consultation proposing to end support for solar thermal under the Renewable Heat Incentive on 3rd March 2016.
The shock proposal comes after repeated statements from Energy Secretary Amber Rudd that renewable heat is the major focus for UK renewables policy given the UK is off track on its 2020 renewables targets. In 2014 green sources provided only 4.8% of the UKs heat, which puts the UK way behind its self-imposed target of 12% renewable heat by 2020. It also follows warnings by the Committee on Climate Change that greater effort is needed on renewable heat.
The STA strongly believes that Government needs to continue supporting solar thermal under the RHI in order to drive market uptake, cost-efficiencies and technological innovation. Solar thermal has huge potential to contribute to clean heat generation and emissions reduction now and in the future. The exclusion of solar thermal now could have far reaching and long-term consequences.