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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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