On-site solar tariffs could move with commercial on-site projects

The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced proposals that would allow businesses and factories to continue claim the feed-in tariff awarded for roof top solar power installations, even if the company moves location taking the solar installation with them.

At the moment, if a FiT-accredited installation is moved it becomes ineligible for further support. This can act as a significant deterrent to landlords and tenants who cannot guarantee to have the long-term ownership or lease of a building.

Allowing the panels and the tariff to move with their owner will increase flexibility and make solar PV a much more attractive investment, the government believes.

Launching the consultation, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Energy Amber Rudd said: ‘Around 900 businesses already use solar PV - but I want to see more generating their own electricity. There’s potential for significant growth in this area so it’s vital that we remove the barriers which prevent businesses from benefiting. If there’s more rooftop solar we’ll see job creation as well as helping us deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.’

Applying to medium and large sized solar installations above 50 kW, the consultation on the proposals is open until 5 January, 2015.

Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, commented: ‘In order to secure financing and reduce investment risk, it is so important for businesses to be eligible to take their solar installations with them if they move.’

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