Solar Power Portal talked to some of the key players in the solar sector to gauge their reactions following yesterday's Budget.
Exemption from business rates, fair tax treatment and zero-interest loans for green home improvements are needed to unlock the potential of solar power in the UK.
German supermarket chain Lidl has seen its business rates soar by 528% due to changes in the valuation of solar installations at its sites.
Shadow business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has led an attack on the government’s existing renewables policy, labelling it “shambolic”.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is calling on the sector to engage with the development of business rates that will be applied to energy storage projects in 2022, including those attached to subsidy-free solar farms.
The Scottish government has been recommended to allow companies who invest in solar a year-long grace period before higher business rates come into effect.
Fresh from the SolarPower Europe summit in Brussels this week, Liam Stoker reflects on how the UK solar sector is viewed from across the channel these days.
The renewable economy reacts to chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 spring budget, which offered scant information for the direction of the UK's energy policy moving forward.
200,000-strong solar business rates petition delivered to Treasury as Hammond prepares maiden budget
A petition urging chancellor Philip Hammond to stop the business rates hike on solar installs, signed by more than 200,000 people, has been delivered to HM Treasury this morning.
The Solar Trade Association is ramping up its campaign against a proposed increase in solar business rates, aiming to secure a U-turn ahead of new rates coming into force on 1 April 2017.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the government to act over the proposed solar business rate increase, arguing it could act as a “huge disincentive” for SMEs to invest in the technology.
More than 160 NGOs, public institutions and businesses – including major brands such as Sainsbury’s and IKEA – have come out in support of solar over proposed increases to rateable values.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has issued a call to arms for the UK solar industry to challenge a proposed increase in business rates which could dramatically impact on commercial rooftop PV.
The review of business rates attached to solar PV installations could shift interest towards power purchase agreement models significantly, but crucial details are still required by the industry.
The economic viability of commercial rooftop solar installations could be severely damaged next year under plans to increase business rates taxes by up to eight times the current levels following a re-evaluation of how these assets are valued.