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“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“