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Brighton and Hove Urges Rethink on Plans to Cut Solar Energy Tariff

by on Jan.04, 2012, under Uncategorized

“Plans to reduce fin­an­cial incent­ives for solar elec­tri­city threaten ambi­tious plans in Brighton & Hove to gen­er­ate solar power to help cut fuel poverty and reduce CO2 emissions.

The coun­cil has urged the gov­ern­ment to rethink plans to reduce the Feed In Tar­iff – which determ­ines pay­ments for organ­isa­tions that gen­er­ate their own elec­tri­city and sell solar power back to the National Grid.

Brighton & Hove City Coun­cil warns that the pro­posed change of FIT rates will have a neg­at­ive impact on devel­op­ment in one ofhe UK’s few growth sec­tors and cur­tail the oppor­tun­ity to cre­ate more jobs. The pro­pos­als also put coun­cil plans to poten­tially roll out solar PV across 1,600 coun­cil house roofs and other pub­lic build­ings at risk.

Changes in FIT were ori­gin­ally pro­posed to take place on 1 April 2012 but were brought for­ward to 12 December.

Pre­vi­ously, Solar PV pan­els that are installed have earned their own­ers 43 pence per kilowatt-hour gen­er­ated plus 3p per kilowatt-hour when sur­plus power is expor­ted back to the grid. A new cat­egory for multi-installation is pro­posed for after 31 March next year, which means that those registered for a multi-installation of Solar PV pan­els would see FIT rates cut by more than half.

Brighton & Hove City Coun­cil Cab­inet Mem­ber for Fin­ance Cllr Jason Kit­cat said: “This short-sighted pro­posal could be a killer blow for the grow­ing UK solar energy industry — not least in Brighton and Hove. Local firms installing solar pan­els had been look­ing to expand and take on staff but because of the government’s pro­pos­als they now expect to cut jobs.”

This year around 20 solar pan­els have been fit­ted to coun­cil homes in Brighton & Hove. Cllr Kit­cat added: “We hope to install many more solar pan­els to coun­cil homes because solar power will help us sup­port people on lower incomes by redu­cing their energy costs and keep­ing them low as well as help­ing res­id­ents live health­ier lives. It will also cut the city’s car­bon foot­print and cre­ate jobs in the city.”

Read the full sub­mis­sion to the Depart­ment of Energy & Cli­mate Change FIT con­sulta­tion here

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Worries over the Department of Energy and Climate Change, plans to reduce the Feed in Tarrif.

by on Nov.03, 2011, under Uncategorized


Brighton & Hove Leader attacks gov­ern­ment over plans to slash solar energy Feed In Tariff

Brighton & Hove City Coun­cil Leader Bill Ran­dall said:

“The gov­ern­ment plans, if true, are incred­ibly unhelp­ful and will ser­i­ously dam­age the busi­ness case for Brighton & Hove City Council’s ambi­tious solar energy pro­gramme on pub­lic build­ings and coun­cil houses. A tar­iff reduc­tion of this size threatens our plans to roll out eco-friendly energy that will help provide cheaper heat­ing and elec­tri­city for the city’s most vul­ner­able at a time of rising energy costs.

“We were look­ing to this pro­gramme to partly off­set gov­ern­ment cuts to our budget, whilst also redu­cing our car­bon foot­print, tack­ling fuel poverty and cre­at­ing local jobs.”

Cllr Ran­dall was com­ment­ing fol­low­ing reports that the Depart­ment of Energy and Cli­mate Change pro­poses to reduce the Feed in Tar­iff from the cur­rent 43p rate to 21p with the cur­rent higher rate only applic­able for schemes registered prior to 8 December.

Below is the ori­ginal press release for Brighton & Hove’s green energy plans.

‘Biggest ever’ solar plan for Brighton & Hove 

Schools, offices and car parks will become mini electricity-generating sta­tions under one of the biggest pro­grammes of solar panel install­a­tion so far seen in Brighton & Hove.

The city coun­cil has sur­veyed its build­ings look­ing for ideal sites for photo­vol­taic (PV) pan­els.  Offi­cials have drawn up a list of 40 non-residential prop­er­ties.  Twenty three are thought likely to be money-spinners with another 17 regarded as ‘possibles’. 

 They include schools, office build­ings, leis­ure centres and multi-storey car parks.     

In a sep­ar­ate move, the author­ity is also look­ing at using coun­cil homes and blocks of flats, poten­tially increas­ing the num­ber of build­ings gen­er­at­ing power. 

Among non-residential build­ings thought to be most prom­ising are Blatch­ing­ton Mill School, Rus­sell Road car park and the Prince Regent swim­ming complex. 

Under the plan, which was approved by cab­inet on June 9, the coun­cil would bor­row £2.6m to fin­ance the plan, repaid by earn­ings from the Feed-in Tar­iff (FIT) – pay­ments for selling power back to the national grid.   

Solar PV pan­els being installed today earn their own­ers 41 pence per kilowatt-hour when sur­plus power is sold.  They also cut elec­tri­city bills. 

If all forty sites were used, pub­lic cof­fers would be some­where between £40,000 and £160,000 richer annu­ally – depend­ing on levels of sun­shine.  This would include cut­ting the council’s elec­tri­city bill by up to £23,000 a year. 

Par­ti­cip­at­ing schools would be up to £40,000 bet­ter off, from sav­ings to util­ity bills. 

Install­a­tions will take place before April 1 2012 as the coun­cil is in a hurry to beat likely changes to the FIT pay­ments next year.

Cab­inet coun­cil­lor for fin­ance Jason Kit­cat said:  “I’m delighted that one of the new administration’s first decisions will be our city’s largest-ever roll out of solar pan­els. With this pro­ject the coun­cil will gen­er­ate new funds to help off­set gov­ern­ment cuts to our budget, whilst also redu­cing our car­bon footprint. 

“We would encour­age every­one in the city to con­sider whether they too could use renew­ables to save money and reduce emis­sions. Brighton & Hove can be a hub for green indus­tries, and we plan to lead by example.”

All install­a­tions would be flat pan­els on suit­able south-facing roofs, free from risks of van­dal­ism or overshadowing.

 

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Look out for updates on this in the near future.

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