The Government announced in 2016 that the Feed-in Tariff, which has enabled nearly one million solar roofs in the UK, will end next March. The STA has been pressing the Government to explain what will happen after March 2019 for a long time. Government only published its proposals over this summer and they are shocking; the ‘export tariff’ will also end in March, with no clarity on what, if anything, will replace it.
The ‘export tariff’ is quite simply a fair price for the surplus power that solar homes, solar schools and other buildings put on to the network. If the Government’s proposals go ahead it means that, from next March, people who invest in solar will be the only ones generating clean power who are not paid for the power they put on the grid. Worse, they will effectively be subsidising the multinational utilities.
We think that’s totally unfair, and so do 300 organisations who have already signed our letter to Claire Perry. So too does the European Union, who have recently put into law the rights of self-generators to receive a fair payment, at market rate, for the power they contribute to the system. Unfair treatment of everyday people who want to invest in solar in the UK risks severely damaging public engagement in climate change mitigation and harming the shift to a smart, clean energy system. It will also deeply damage the solar industry.
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