"Cut don't kill" plea as Energy Minister Greg Barker addresses solar industry

Published on Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:58
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Government should "cut not kill" if it is going to reduce incentives for solar power generation, Friends of the Earth warns today (Thursday 27 October 2011) as Energy Minister Greg Barker addresses businesses at a Solar Power UK Conference

 

The feed-in tariff [FIT] scheme pays households, businesses, councils, hospitals and schools to create clean power through systems like solar panels. It has been hugely successful to date, with the creation of 80,000 new solar installations and 22,000 new jobs over the last two years.

With a comprehensive review of the entire FIT scheme overdue, but an announcement on solar tariffs expected in the next few days, Friends of the Earth is warning that deep cuts to the solar feed-in tariff could kill off fledging businesses, whilst providing less cash-back to households. Tariff reductions are due in April next year, but could be earlier and much deeper than expected.

Friends of the Earth's Final Demand campaign, launched earlier this month, says clean energy is the only way to stabilise bills in the long run and is calling on David Cameron to take urgent action to stop killing off clean British energy providers and break the stranglehold of the Big Six energy companies.

Friends of the Earth's energy campaigner Paul Steedman said:

"So many people want to save money by creating their own clean power that this scheme has been a victim of its own huge success.

"Solar payments should fall as the technology gets cheaper - but deep cuts to incentives will ruin fledging businesses.

"The Government should increase ambition for home-grown green power to enable more people to benefit - only clean energy will boost jobs and give consumers a better deal in the long run.

"That's why we've launched our Final Demand campaign for an inquiry into the Big Six's stranglehold on the market and energy we can all afford."

Source: FOE

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