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Changes to solar FiTs in August will include a tariff reduction

From 1 August a set of changes to the feed-in tariff (Fit) scheme will see solar subsidy tariff levels endure another cut, with the current generation tariff of 21p/kWh due to drop to 16p/kWh.  The announcement puts to bed weeks and weeks of speculation and rumour that has been surrounding the solar scheme, with the Government [...]

Government Extends RHPP Voucher Scheme

The Government has announced that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme has been extended, with a second phase – set to be “bigger and better than the original” – due to be introduced in April. The RHPP is the forerunner to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Extending the scheme will allow more people the [...]

End of the Road for Solar FiTs Battle

The Supreme Court has denied the Government the opportunity to appeal against a High Court ruling regarding solar subsidies, bringing to an end an ongoing battle between the solar industry and the Department Of Energy and Climate Change that’s been raging for months. Towards the end of last year, the High Court ruled that the [...]

Solar FiT Cuts Update

The Government has hit back at a High Court judge’s ruling that their proposals to rush through cuts to solar subsidies was illegal by lodging an appeal. On 21 December a challenge from the solar industry – instigated by Solarcentury and Homesun, together with Friends of the Earth – was victorious, with a judge ruling [...]

Solar PV Prices 39% Higher This Time Last Year

Solar PV prices were 39% higher this time last year, according to new research by leading online resource Solar Guide. While the solar industry has recently been left reeling after the Government announced its proposals to slash solar subsidies by more than half, Solar Guide is optimistic that the once booming market will be able [...]

Lib Dem Councillors Push For a Postponement to FiTs Deadline

In the wake of the news that the Government wants to slash solar PV subsidies in half, a growing number of Liberal Democrat councillors are joining the ranks of those rebelling against the move. With the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) set to impose the cuts to the solar feed-in tariff (Fit) scheme [...]

Cuts in Solar FiTs Could Be Good News For Solar Thermal

Worcester, Bosch, a market leader in domestic heating and hot water systems believes the solar PV subsidy cuts could be good news for the solar thermal industry. Last week the solar PV industry was forced to face the inevitable – that the Government was to slash the rates of solar subsidies. However, the industry has [...]

DECC Confirms Solar Subsidies Will Be Cut By More Than Half

After weeks of rumours and uncertainty, earlier today the Government confirmed the inevitable – solar subsidies will be cut from 43.3p/kWh down to 21p/kWh. This morning the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issued an official press statement and the news, although not unexpected, has set the solar industry in a bit of a [...]

Solar Subsidies in Shambles?

It’s not yet been officially confirmed, but according to a leaked report, the Government is to slash solar subsidies by more than half their current rate. Earlier today, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) accidentally published online a document which revealed the level of cuts the Government intends to make to solar subsidies. Currently set at [...]

Fit Scheme to Create More Than 10,000 Jobs By April 2012

The feed-in tariff (Fit) scheme is on track to create more than 10,000 green jobs by April 2012, according to research published by solar company Engensa. Since its launch in April 2010, the scheme has resulted in excess of 70,000 solar panel installations in the UK, creating thousands of jobs from salespeople to installers. And [...]