Is Amber Rude Saying Get Out Of Solar- Get Into Diesel Farming?
As we look toward to the festive season it gives chance to reflect on all that went on before and what is happening in the future.
The UK Solar PV industry is run by a team of pioneers that we should be proud of and the results in the UK Solar PV sector have been stunning.
I take my hat off to the resilience of the installers, wholesalers, non-China based manufacturers (not a believer in allowing China to dump PV at below cost of manufacturing) , distributors, last but not least of course the investors large and small who pay for it by the field or rooftop.
Why you might ask am I so gushing and I will explain my admiration this minute. My mission is to contribute to an industry of good guys inspite of Conservative government cuts in financial aid by (was 87%) 65% despite its own review showing the move puts 18,700 jobs at risk.
When an industry such as renewable energy starts from a virtual standstill it slowly begins collectively to pick itself up off the floor and raise itself to its knees.
It was disheartening when the Low Carbon Buildings Programme was started with an early finish in 2010 the industry was hung out to dry for years.
The LCBP replaced two earlier schemes, the ‘Major Photovoltaics Demonstration programme’, which assisted with photovoltaic installations, and the ‘Clear Skies’ programme, which aided other microgeneration installations.
The Government were criticised by the photovoltaic industry for ending the PV programme 6 years early as this left a funding gap between the old and new programmes. The disruption cost jobs and businesses in the last decade.
Then in 2011 to be subjected to a repeated kicking in the teeth with Greg Barker stating that we all had it so good and slashing FiT in such a botched way should have been a warning.
But this is our fate in needing subsidies to save our planet and leaves us at the hands of UK government.
Amber stated Millions more homes should have solar panels on their roofs, the new energy secretary has suggested, vowing to “unleash a new solar revolution” across Britain in May 2015
The money is going to fund fracking, diesel farms and nuclear power-stations.
Based on a promise by UK government many of us swapped from one sector to another as we grasped the nettle to keep carbon out of the atmosphere and as each year, 5.5 billion tons of carbon is released by burning fossil fuels it is a worthy cause.
This is not a job for the feint hearted as Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and traps heat in the atmosphere. Without it and other greenhouse gases, Earth would be a frozen world, yet humans have burned so much fuel that there is about 30% more carbon dioxide in the air today than there was around 150 years ago.
The atmosphere has not held this much carbon for at least 400,000 years according to data from ice cores. More greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are causing our planet to become warmer.
It is a greater issue than the banking crisis with Polar icecaps melting and as we lurch toward two degrees higher temperature we brace ourselves for hurricanes or storms of a size we will have never witnessed in our lifetimes.
Every so often, we hear news about world leaders meeting in some civil service holiday location — Copenhagen, Lima, Durban, Kyoto and more recently in Paris.
No binding agreement to curb heat-trapping gases ever seems to take place and more often than not some country or another chucks its teddy out of the pram by not showing up.
Standard form follows with the other countries using those no shows or the ones who refuse to be bound as an excuse to get themselves off the hook.
In some cases the so called public servants really give no thought about polar bears or hurricanes and instead fall at the false altar of financial gain.
In 2015 AMBER RUDE is making a great dogs dinner of Solar, this dogs dinner could be in my opinion rated by her ex husband A.A. Gil as a right trifle and if The Private Eye report is correct it could be a finger in pie issue.
Despite the MPs’ register of interests including a new category of ‘family members engaged in lobbying’ Rudd “makes no mention of her brother or his interests until 21 July 2015”
“The Eye asked the Department of Energy & Climate Change if Rudd had told its permanent secretary about Roland and Finsbury (another conflict of interest procedure) but it did not reply”
Cutting support for the renewable energy industry whilst backing nuclear is one argument but slashing subsidies, capping subsidies to £100m and giving £175m in subsidies to build heavily polluting “diesel farms” in order provide the UK with backup energy generating capacity is crazy.
The Guardian says -Almost a quarter of Britain’s back-up power under one programme for theNational Grid is being provided by tiny fossil fuel power stations – some of which have been built on farmland by entrepreneurs.
Whilst DECC goes back and forth I would suggest we keep going forward.
The last fifteen years has left clues so I am resigning as a director of a Solar PV company in a few weeks. Not because Amber is slashing subsidies but because I decided, after the general mishmash threatening the livelihoods of the renewable energy industry, that I could have a bigger impact reducing the growing risk of climate change by finding a second profit centre that would work hand in hand with what you do now as a solarpreneur in a different, less government subsidized focused way and role out will take place in the first quarter of 2016. This will back those involved in solar or other renewable energy products in a complimentary lifeboat way that will contribute to many existing or new clients. I promise to keep you posted!
UK solar panel subsidy cuts branded ‘huge and misguided’ says Guardian headline
The market will get tough but we have a few months to chart a new course and I look forward to seeing you in 2016.