Solar Industry Rejects Plans by the UK government to end Feed-in-tariff, Export Schemes
Following the government’s proposal in late July 2018 to bring to a complete end the Feed-in-tariff (FiT), the solar industry in the country turns down the plan. In a letter to Energy Minister, the industry which encompasses major service providers such as Ovo Energy and Eon expressed a clear rejection of the plan.
The solar industry in the UK asked Claire Perry, the Energy Minister to confirm objections the discontinuation of the solar panel feed in tariff from next April. The policy would terminate the financial compensation for those producing and feeding electric into the grid from renewables. More than 200 organisations across the solar industry signed the letter that was initiated by the Solar Trade Association (STA). The organisations represent smart technologies, major NGOs, innovative suppliers, academics, landlords, farmers and homeowners.
Speaking about their rejection of the government’s proposal, Chris Hewett, the STA Chief Executive said that the proposal to end FiT compensation to green energy generators creates shockwaves beyond the solar industry. Chris added that nobody can understand how the government can consider leaving households and small organisations as the only energy generators left unpaid for the valuable power they contribute to the electricity network. STA is asking the Energy Minister to act swiftly and promise and promise to maintain the export and to uphold basic rights of the market.
Small-scale generators such as prosumers get adequately compensated for the power they feed into the grid through the export scheme that works alongside FiTs. The scheme not only benefits small-scale generators but is also significant for major suppliers like Eon and Ovo Energy who also contribute. These are the utilities that voiced their rejection of the government’s intention to phase out the s schemes.
A survey by Client Earth of over 60% of UK homes looking into installing solar plus storage solutions was highlighted following the announcement by STA. James Watson, the Solar Power Europe Chief Executive said that it is astonishing that the UK could propose ending compensations to households for their clean power when Europe has plans to secure the rights of all its citizens to a fair payment.
Watson feels that such a poor treatment of British small-scale energy generators will affect the engagement of the public in solar. This will be bad since the nation needs to increase the consumption of clean energy. According to the Chief Executive, this will put the UK citizens at a huge disadvantage compared to other EU members.
The proposal reportedly comes amidst an 8-year low in solar PV deployment experience between 2015 to 2018 where solar installations have dropped by 95%. Since 2010 when the government introduced solar PV Feed-in-s, the capacity from installed solar rose from 9.3 GW at the end of 2010 to 38.9 GW by the end of 2017.
The Director of Strategy at 10:10 Climate Action Leo Murray said the Feed-in-s has been the most successful and popular climate policy ever implemented in British, which has empowered hundreds of thousands of UK residents and communities to deal with modern challenges.