Today the government confirmed that it will press ahead with proposals to cut the export tariff to new applicants from 31 March 2019. The industry has responded strongly.
The campaign against plans to axe the export tariff progressed yesterday when protestors developed a solar farm outside the Houses of Parliament.
The business, energy and industrial strategy select committee has ratcheted up the pressure on the government to “urgently” clarify its position on rooftop solar.
Krannich Solar is expecting “a mini boom” in the months leading up to the close of the feed-in tariff in March 2019, according to Phil Ellery who has returned to the company as commercial director.
As the tariff and potentially export payment regimes comes to an end, never before has it been more important to look at alternative means to ensure rooftop solar continues to play a part in national decarbonisation. However, international comparisons raised at an event yesterday demonstrate how more needs to be done to move the conversation on from tariffs to planning, with the government far from off the hook.
A majority of the respondents in a new YouGov poll would support the UK matching incoming European Union regulations that guarantee payments for solar homes exporting into the grid; including those that voted to leave in the Brexit referendum.
The closure of the export tariff to new solar installations as proposed by government would be tantamount to theft, according to Genius Roofing Solutions which is exhibiting its flashing solution for fitting solar PV at this year’s Solar & Storage Live.