On Friday 18 March the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched a consultation on the proposed band changes for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations over 50KW and farm-scale anaerobic digestion (AD). There will be reductions in the tariffs for PV projects and a small increase for farm-scale AD projects. If adopted the proposals would mean a large rooftop installation (100kW) would see available incentives cut 42%, while solar farms with up to 5MW will see incentives cut by 72%.
Climate change minister Greg Barker said that the Government was committed to “an ambitious roll-out of micro-generation” and that the fast-track review of the FiT for large-scale solar PV projects would protect smaller schemes. But shadow energy minister Huw Irranca-Davies (Labour, Ogmore) said the review has shaken investor confidence. He said that the decision “makes a mockery of the Governments’ green credentials” and accused the Government of having “no plan” for renewables.
Responses to the consultation are requested by 6 May.