Tariff cuts and speculation on future cuts are rife in this News Round-Up. Affected tariffs include the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the Non-domestic RHI. With tariffs likely to be subject to further cuts, don’t miss out on meeting Duncan Renewables at the North-East Renewable Energy Exchange on 20th November to find out how best to invest in renewable technology!
__________________________________________________ 3.5% FiT degression confirmed for January 2015 – 3rd November 2014
Today Ofgem have announced changes to the Feed-in Tariff rates (FiT) for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations which will come into force from 1st January 2015.
After enjoying a fixed rate for the past 3 quarters, smaller tariff rates (<50kW) will reduce by 3.5% from from 1st January 2015. However, FiT rates for installations >50kW will be remain unaffected by tariff rate degression.
The new Feed-in Tariff rates are as follows:
1st October 2014 – 31st December 2014 Standard Tariff (p/kWh)
1st January 2015 – 31st March 2015 Standard Tariff (p/kWh)
<4kW New Build
<4kW Retro Build
4 – 10kW
10 – 50kW
50 – 100kW
100 – 150kW
150 – 250kW
250kW – 5MW
The new FiT rates will apply from 1st January 2015 until at least 31st March 2015.
Click here to see the official tariff chart from Ofgem.
Find out whether you could benefit from the Feed-in Tariff before any future cuts! Click here to find out more
Don’t miss Duncan Renewables at this year’s Renewable Energy Exchange (REX) event at The Pavilions, Harrogate on Thursday 6th November.
REX events are ideal for landowners, farmers, businesses, schools and all others looking to invest in renewable projects and take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.
This networking event creates a market-place that enables those interested in investing in renewable technologies to have a series of pre-arranged appointments with potential suppliers and attend a programme of roundtable discussion groups.
Buyers can then review their options and make well-informed decisions as to the best technology to use and the right installer to work with.
On the run-up to the event, buyers go online and select the individuals whom they would like to have an appointment with. All meetings are then pre-arranged and scheduled on the basis of mutual interest. This service is now LIVE!
Phil Blair will be hosting two roundtable discussions on Solar PV:
The Renewable News Round-Up reveals the latest solar industry news from the Solar Energy UK event and the new Government Electricity Rebate. Don’t forget to read about the final Duncan Renewables outings of 2014. __________________________________________________ Solar Energy UK Event – 14th October 2014
Solar Energy UK is the largest solar industry trade show of the year hosting around 4,000 visitors. Predictably the event is targeted at us, as solar professionals, but it is also a good place to hear about what’s going on behind the scenes with Government policy, regulatory bodies or new research from high profile speakers such as Amber Rudd, the new Minister for Energy & Climate Change.
Amber, as a key supporter of the solar industry, revealed that DECC will be launching a consultation over a move to allow Feed-in Tariff payments to be transferred from one commercial building to another. This is the beginning of a concerted effort to remove barriers for commercial rooftop installations, a sector which remains under explored.
Another discussion, led by Dr Chris Jardine, is that Government could rethink the way the Feed-in Tariffs are currently structured to make th...
With solar farms increasingly dividing local communities, the Government has made it very clear that it wants to see fewer large-scale ground mounted solar developments encroaching onto productive arable land.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) says it wants to encourage the development of smaller scale and community energy production. DECC’s latest proposals, unveiled in May, to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) for solar farms larger than 5MW in capacity came as a shock. Any changes to the subsidy regime are not due to come into effect until 1 April 2015.
Further evidence of the Government’s determination to shift solar developments onto rooftops emerged in July when the Minister of State at the time, Greg Barker announced: “My personal ambition is to see 20GW of solar deployed, here in the UK, early in the next decade. I want the lion’s share of that to be deployed on previously used, rather than greenfield land. That means disused airfields, old mines, car parks, waste sites. It means unproductive bits of Government land … and it means roofs. Commercial roofs. Industrial roofs. Domestic roofs.”
The change in focus is undoubtedly politically moti...