NIRO subsidy is closing a year earlier than expected due to decisions by DECC

LAST year didn’t end well for the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland. The proposed early end for onshore wind subsidies remains mired in uncertainty; NIE announced a substantial delay in delivering grid connections; and the Paris Climate Agreement amounted to little more than some very vague promises.

It is so difficult to express the disappointment in the outcome of the Paris talks in a few sentences. After all the self-congratulation of the Paris Agreement adoption on December 11, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a turning point for UK climate change policy and perhaps an end to the accelerating subsidy cuts by the Tory government.

 

The Ulster Farmers Union has welcomed confirmation by the DETI minister, Jonathan Bell, that he will consult separately on the NIRO (Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation) closure for small scale wind turbines.  The UFU is now pressing for swift action by DETI on revised and improved proposals.

The UFU has been concerned that smaller projects, often awaiting grid connection confirmation, lost out when DETI proposed closing support for onshore wind.  Along with Simple Power it has sought a judicial review of the consultation process that extended this to smaller land-based schemes.

“We are pleased DETI is reconsidering its process and consultation.  We are however disappointed it has taken until now, a few weeks before the dissolution of the Assembly, to act – although we understand DETI hopes to issue the consultation before the end of March,” said UFU deputy president, Barclay Bell.  He said it was clear the cut-off date for qualifying projects of 30 September 2015 is not movable, since this was set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in London.

Latest News NIRO
Following the consultation on the proposed closure of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) to new small scale onshore wind, the NIRO has now closed to onshore wind operators with a capacity of 5MW and under in Northern Ireland.

Further guidance regarding this closure will be issued shortly, until this time you can find some FAQs regarding the closure here.

Please note, operators of stations that meet certain criteria may be eligible for a grace period, meaning that they may be eligible to apply for accreditation up to 31 December 2018, depending on the grace period conditions they can meet. Please review FAQs for further information on this.

Source Ulster Farmers Union

Also see FAQ OFGEM

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Ofgem 2013 Feed in Tariff Solar PV UK

The latest photovolatic FIT Payment Rate Table was published 28 February 2013.

As the last week saw a slight dip in installations of around 1600 (under 50KW) systems we can also look at the new feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar photovoltaic technology Photovoltaic Eligible Installations

The new rates show that the residential FiT was cut by just over half a pence to 15.44p/kWh from 16p/kWh while the commercial FiT was cut by less than half a penny to 13.1p/kWh from 13.5p/kWh. For larger businesses, the rate of 11.5p/kWh remains unchanged.

The latest non-photovolatic FIT Payment Rate Table was published 1 February 2013.

New brand preparing for 2013 launch
New brand preparing for 2013 launch

17 Solar Companies Challenge DECC in 2013

Will taking DECC through the High Court be a wise decision for the Solar PV industry?

A report from Solar Power Porta by Reza Shaybani, Chairman of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), said: “Setting aside the legality or the morality of the case, we are concerned that such a legal action may further damage the investor and consumer confidence which the industry and the government have worked so hard in the past few months to restore.”

A number of the companies involved in the damages claim are registered as BPVA members. However, Shaybani stressed that the BPVA is not passing judgement on whether the legal action is right or wrong – that is a decision that the association is leaving up to its individual members, Shaybani said. But Shaybani added that “the long-term collective interest is more important than the short-term gain for a few companies”.

Indeed, it appears that the legal challenge is a polarising issue for the industry. The results of a recent poll on Solar Power Portal reveal that 46% of readers agree with the legal action with 54% opposing the claim.

The timing of the case is of particular concern to the BPVA, he explained: “I’ve done nothing but talk to members from manufacturers, distributors, installers, project developers etc. Almost everyone is saying that they see a good future for UK solar. There is a good buzz around industry and on the government side they are giving all the right signals. I just fear that if this comes out in the broadsheets and mainstream media, it could become another source of uncertainty for the public.”

It is no surprise that the BPVA is concerned about negative publicity; the effect of the industry’s vociferous lobbying against feed-in tariff cuts last year has been widely blamed for a complete loss of consumer confidence and a collapse in the market. Even the Climate Change Minister Greg Barker admitted in a speech to the industry that: “You’d be surprised how many people think that solar is no longer a viable proposition or, that somehow the solar FiT scheme has closed.”

Can we save the Solar PV business?
We did save the Solar PV business and going to court again will not help

The 17 companies involved in the claim have been named as:

  • Solarlec
  • Solar Power PV Ltd
  • Crystal Windows and Doors
  • Breyer Group Plc
  • E-tricity
  • Foz Electrical
  • Green Home Ltd
  • Freetricity Plc
  • Viscount Solar Ltd
  • Vsolar Ltd
  • House Choice
  • Evo Energy
  • CI Installations
  • Solar Panels Direct
  • Monitor My Solar
  • Apollo Energy
  • Cleaner Air Solutions

DECC

DECC is facing a claim of up to £140m in damages from 17 solar companies with claims starting at £250,000 and going to a huge £10,000,000 in value.

The argument  has been that UK government  lost successive cases at Court and the Solar PV sector got such huge bad press that it forced the industry into the doldrums and some say has still not recovered. The ROI is as good today as was ever expected by DECC but the legal action left property owners confused and often they believe Solar is over.

Greg Barker ruins an industry 27th October 2011 Birmingham ICC
Greg Barker ruins an industry 27th October 2011 Birmingham ICC that later recovers

We mainly agree the way Greg Barker botched the way the cuts to subsidies paid to homes, communities and businesses were carried out ruined a sector due retrospective enforcing.

The market did boom with a guaranteed payment to anyone fitting a small solar system at 43.3p and did cause mayhem when it dropped to 21p before the scheduled end of the government consultation.

This poor execution situation was attacked widely by everybody but in truth most of the components in Solar PV halved in price and the return is just as good as ever.

Critics say DECC was wrong but government has no money and taking DECC through Court undermined confidence in Solar PV.

Under the previous HMCS decisions, the government was ordered to pay the solar industry’s legal costs and also reinstate the original higher subsidy for customers who installed panels between December 2011 and early March 2012.

Companies have said the move led to a slump in orders with thousands of redundancies in the sector and generally have recovered.

Will this latest round of legal action be seen as positive by the PV industry? I think not!

Source: http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/implications_of_decc_damages_claim_concerns_bpva_2356

CERTAINTY FOR SOLAR

The man who stood up at Solar UK 27th October said

THE END OF SOLAR PV AS WE KNOW IT
GREG BARKER PICTURED LAST YEAR AT SOLAR UK in ICC Birmingham

(My comments are in italics)

“My priority is to put the solar industry on a firm footing so that it can remain a successful and prosperous part of the green economy, and so that it doesn’t fall victim to boom and bust”

Yesterday the same person says:

“The reforms we are introducing today provide a strong, sustainable foundation for growth for the solar sector”

You can talk this up all you like but Solar PV in the UK will never get back to the real growth we saw as around the same time last year.

“The reforms we are introducing today provide a strong, sustainable foundation for growth for the solar sector”
(Greg Barker also said last year: “My priority is to put the solar industry on a firm footing so that it can remain a successful and prosperous part of the green economy, and so that it doesn’t fall victim to boom and bust” that was a load of rubbish too!

DECC’s Sales Prevention Officer, Greg Barker has introduced regulations today to put the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme on what he says is a more predictable, certain and sustainable footing for householders, businesses and the solar industry.

I say the predictable part is that sales are going to remain slow, yes we will see a spike to give a boom in June/July and a very long holiday from August until Christmas.

By January 2013 many Solar PV wholesalers, installers and allied trades will have bust or shall we say have closed unless we prepare now.

Before we seek a remedy please allow me to relay the nuts & bolts from our DECC Sales Prevention Officer.

DECC stated (Greg Barker)

Following detailed consultation with industry and consumers, the Government is introducing a range of changes to the FITs scheme with effect from 1 August to provide better value for money and allow businesses and householders to plan with confidence.   This is good news for the industry and for consumers and will ensure that as many people as possible benefit.

The tariff for a small domestic solar installation will be 16p per kilowatt hour, down from 21p, and will be set to decrease on a 3 month basis thereafter, with pauses if the market slows down.  All tariffs will continue to be index-linked in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) and the export tariff will be increased from 3.2p to 4.5p.

The new tariffs should give a return on investment (ROIs) of over 6% for most typical, well-sited installations, and up to 8% for the larger bands.

The industry has been very successful in bringing solar technology costs down swiftly over the last two years and the improved scheme will reflect this trend as well as recognise the increasingly significant place solar PV can now have in local renewable electricity generation.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Today starts a new and exciting chapter for the solar industry. The sector has been through a difficult time, adjusting to the reality of sharply falling costs, but the reforms we are introducing today provide a strong, sustainable foundation for growth for the solar sector.

This speech must have been written for him by a spin doctor or was it Mr Bean?

“We can now look with confidence to a future for solar which will see it go from a small cottage industry, anticipated under the previous scheme, to playing a significant part in Britain’s clean energy economy.

Congratulations Solarprenurs as DECC say you can stop working from your cottages and take us residence in ivory towers as BIG players in the clean energy economy. I believe Solarprenurs can achieve success but we will need to up our game as the market is smaller.

Anyway back to Mr Greg Bean’s sorry my mistake should have read Greg Baker!

“I want to send a very clear message today. UK solar continues to be an attractive proposition for many consumers considering microgeneration technologies and that having placed the subsidy support for this technology on a long-term, sustainable footing, industry can plan for growth with confidence.”

Solar PV is not over so please plan ahead and do not give up slow market will now pick up but a plan must be set now for the Autumn standstill and if you do nothing you have your head in the sand.

The bigwigs are all going to do a bit of an Emperor’s New Clothes as the last scrap brought so much press coverage it caused a bit of boom & bust itself and we all need to share a positive (even if it is really negative) message.

CHANGES TO SOLAR FEED-IN TARIFFS

Tariffs for solar pv installations to be reduced from 1 August:

  • 16p/kWh for household scale solar pv installations to reflect fall in cost of the technology, delivering a return of about 6% for a typical installation.
  • Tariffs for larger installations also to be reduced to reflect cost reductions but with most tariff cuts lower than proposed in February.
  • Reductions to apply to new installations from 1 August, instead of 1 July as proposed, in recognition of low uptake from 1 April and providing time for industry to adapt.

Multi installation tariff increased to 90% of standard tariff

  • Organisations with more than 25 solar pv installations will get 90% of the standard applicable tariff, increased from 80%, reflecting new evidence on costs involved for these projects.

Reduction in tariffs over time in line with uptake of FITs scheme

  • Ensuring solar PV is not over subsidised.
  • Average tariff reductions of 3.5% every 3 months, reductions will be bigger (up to 28%) if there is rapid uptake.
  • Tariff cuts will be skipped (for up to 2 quarters) if uptake is low.
  • Uptake in 3 different bands (domestic (size 0-10kW), small commercial (10-50kW) and large commercial (above 50kW and standalone installations) will determine the quarterly reductions within those bands.

Increase export tariff from 3.2p to 4.5p/kWh

  • To better reflect the real value of electricity exported to the grid.

RPI index-linking of generation tariffs to be retained

  • Reflecting the high value investors place on this element of the FITs scheme.

Scheme lifetime reduced from 25 to 20 years for new solar installations

  • Reducing the lifetime costs of the scheme and bring solar in line with most other technologies supported under FITs.

Tariffs for installations which do not meet the energy efficiency requirements will mirror the tariffs for standalone installations

  • Ensuring energy efficiency is still encouraged as tariffs are reduced.

STRATEGY FOR SOLAR

Government sees a bright future for solar here in the UK and expects to reflect the growing role of solar power in the UK’s energy mix in its updated Renewable Energy Roadmap later this year.  Uptake by 2020 will however depend on when solar PV becomes viable with little or no subsidy and 22GW by 2020 is an achievable ambition if industry can get its cost down quickly.  That is why Government has also launched a solar PV cost reduction taskforce in partnership with industry to help drive down costs down faster while maintaining safety and standards.

DECC is also pleased to welcome plans being brought forward by Cornwall Council and the Building Research Establishment to set up a National Solar Centre in Cornwall.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I am very happy to see a proposal for the creation of a National Solar Centre in Cornwall, led by the Building Research Establishment.”

Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader of Cornwall Council said: “The FITs scheme allowed many people across Cornwall to learn about renewable energy, especially solar power, and Cornwall would welcome the establishment of a new National Solar Centre that  will be at the heart of the bright future for PV in the UK. We’re pleased that DECC has announced changes that improve the predictability for the FITs scheme”

FITS CONSULTATION 2B

Decisions following the consultation on the other technologies under FITs will be announced in the summer.

NOTES FOR SOLARPRENEURS’ SUPPORT STAFF

  1. The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme provides a subsidy, paid for by all consumers through their energy bills, enabling small scale renewable and low carbon technologies to  compete against  higher carbon forms of electricity generation.
  2. The government response to the FITs solar consultation 2A and the accompanying Impact Assessment
  3. The Government received 244 responses to the consultation.
  4. Further details on the solar PV cost reduction taskforce will be available on the DECC website shortly.
  5. Government has also Increased the threshold at which electricity suppliers become ‘mandatory FITs licencees’ from 50,000 customers to 250,000
Source
PLAN
In my next postings we will get some ideas up in the air
 Simply if a market is only a certain size we are going to need to steal marketshare from our competitors in the same area or spread into a marketing plan to make sales into a larger geographic area or increase our product offering to encompass more items that will seek funding through GreenDeal.
Above all do something as a head in the ground does leave other parts of our body rather exposed!
For the last quarter of 2012 you learned how to deal with a much bigger business and this teaches you that you could cope with huge growth so please do go for growth but do not expect it come from increased sales of just Solar PV
The day in Parliament started with an a scene that would be worthy of mention on a Harry Hill type programme titled 12 June but then got down to more serious business
See the proceedings as they happened

House of Commons Session 2012-13 at around 12:30pm we can hear the announcement without my commenst so you can make your own mind up about the future of Solar PV in the UK

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=10776&player=smooth

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
24th May 2012

No. 10

The House met at 10.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1Private Bills: Canterbury City Council Bill: Revival Motion (Standing Order 188B relating to Private Business)

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the Canterbury City Council Bill be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

2Private Bills: Leeds City Council Bill: Revival Motion (Standing Order 188B relating to Private Business)

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the Leeds City Council Bill be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

3Private Bills: Nottingham City Council Bill: Revival Motion (Standing Order 188B relating to Private Business)

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the Nottingham City Council Bill be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

4Private Bills: Reading Borough Council Bill: Revival Motion (Standing Order 188B relating to Private Business)

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the Reading Borough Council Bill be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

5Private Bills [Lords] (Revival): City of London (Various Powers) Bill [Lords]

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the City of London (Various Powers) Bill [Lords] be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

6Private Bills [Lords] (Revival): City of Westminster Bill [Lords]

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the City of Westminster Bill [Lords] be now considered.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

7Private Bills [Lords] (Revival): Transport for London Bill [Lords]

Motion made, That so much of the Lords Message (21 May) as relates to the Transport for London Bill [Lords] be now considered.-(First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Message be considered on Tuesday 12 June.

8Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

9Business Question (Leader of the House)

10Statement: Feed-in Tariffs Scheme (Gregory Barker)

11Matters to be raised before the forthcoming adjournment

Resolved, That this House has considered matters to be raised before the forthcoming adjournment.-(Michael Fabricant.)

12Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of the Berwick upon Tweed constituency relating to VAT on static caravans was presented by Sir Alan Beith.

13Adjournment

Subject: Disappearance of Mr Illias Ali (Mr Gerry Sutcliffe).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Angela Watkinson.)

Adjourned at 6.29 pm until Monday 11 June (Resolution, 21 February 2012, in the previous Session of Parliament).

_________________

Other proceedings

Standing Orders (Public Business)

14Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed (HC 2).

General Committees: Reports

15Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr James Gray (Chair) reported the Draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

General Committees: Appointments

The Speaker appoints the Chair of General Committees and members of Programming Sub-Committees, and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.

The Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).

16Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Community Right to Challenge (Fire and Rescue Authorities and Rejection of Expressions of Interest) (England) Regulations 2012)

Members: Mike Crockart discharged and Andrew Stunnell nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

17Energy and Climate Change Committee

(1) Correspondence with the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the draft Energy Bill: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Correspondence with the Department of Energy and Climate Change onthe CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Tim Yeo).

18Public Administration (Select Committee on)

Work of the Cabinet Secretary 2012–13: Evidence, to be printed (HC 133-i) (Mr Bernard Jenkin).

John Bercow

Speaker

DECC will be delaying the next round of cuts

Greg Barker Climate Change Minister


Having done the rounds of meeting installers and ghostly quiet (no phones ringing) regional distributors business units we promoted a mail out to get installers to write to MP’s.

Well done to all the groups who lobby to save Solar PV as we welcomed Secretary of State Ed Davey’s confirmation today that DECC will be delaying the next round of cuts to the Feed-in Tariff for solar PV.

At long last it would seem the industry got the ear of our Energy Minister Gregory Barkey MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change said that this decision was the result of “listening carefully to industry”.

I also wonder if this was part of the chit chat at 10 Downing Street this week when a review that was not a review was held on Green Deal.

Sales have been reported by some to have seen a landslide during in April and May.

As we have a delay in FiT cuts it gives the Solar PV industry the opportunity to reignite the solar market with the simple from the Solar Trade Association “PV pays!”

The Solar Trade Association say:

Solar does not only protect homeowners from rising energy bills – it actually delivers a great return on investment too. Householders can currently enjoy returns of up to 10%, tax-free, index-linked, for 25 years. Solar is also very long lasting, and its lack of moving parts make it exceptionally reliable. The cost of solar power has been coming down faster than any other energy generation technology, so even though the tariffs have been reduced, returns are still as good as when the scheme started.

 

Bill Ascroft, Founder and CEO of Solar Utillity said:

“The fact is that not installing Solar PV would be an almost criminal waste of a great  opportunity. Putting your roof to work is a powerful way of giving households and businesses a huge extra income as well as control over their energy bills.

 

“Already we’re seeing how solar makes a natural partner for more intermittent forms of renewable generation, like wind. That’s going to become more and more important in years to come, and it’s time to invest today for the energy market of tomorrow.”

 

Dr Doug Parr, Policy Director at Greenpeace UK, said:

 

“Solar power remains a truly renewable source of power that we need in tackling UK gas dependency and climate change. Many householders will still have the opportunity to contribute to moving the UK to a sustainable low carbon world.”

 

Paul Barwell, Chief Executive of the STA, said:

 

“There are two great reasons for homeowners to invest in PV today: The costs of solar power have fallen through the floor and our energy bills are going through the roof.

 

“It is very encouraging for the future that Government is listening to industry concerns, but we need certainty as soon as possible on the details of when and what the next tariff adjustments will be.”

http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/news.cfm?id=112

Figures for total capacity over the past four weeks show just 17 megawatts (MW) of solar was installed compared to a four-weekly average of 71 MW over the past year – a 75 per cent fall in business

I believe a delay to the cuts was inevitable as the legal deadline passed by for FiT cuts expired on Monday for implementability on 1 July expired .
This freeze should stay in place until Christmas or even early next year, don’t cut the amount but shorten the time.

Today we saw a Tweet from Greg Barker ” Now final prepping for DECC Oral Questions at 10.30am in House of Commons. Lots on #FITs & #GreenDeal.”

 

DECC is yet to publish an official announcement on the cuts.

PV Pays and now we have time to sell this to property owners

UK solar industry in disarray as Solar Photovoltaic sales plummet in April and May 2012

The Solar PV business saw steady increases in sales from 2007 with several hundred installations right through to October 2011 with about 4000 installs per week and then the allegedly Gay Tory MP Greg Barker becomes that Climate Minister who buggered (financially speaking of course) thousands of Solar PV installers.

THE END OF SOLAR PV AS WE KNOW IT
GREG BARKER ADMITS A COCK UP IN THE MATHS

Father-of-three Mr Barker, 43, provoked a scandal before he single handedly ruined Solar PV in the UK he had grown close to a flamboyant interior designer known William Banks-Blaney, 34 but not being happy with one chap he began a relationship with a Greek public-relations executive George Prassas of West London.

Mr Barker insisted he was not married but living in a gay partnership, despite his marriage being over his main home was his ten-bedroom mansion, this  former marital residence in Peasmarsh,  Sussex was therfore Barkers key to enabling second home allowances totalling £43,400

From this affair we can only presume he has personal feelings and my quibble is not this but we have an alleged expense fiddler as our industry ambassador and Climate Change Minister in Greg Barker.

Can he count with a commitment to see 22GW of solar capacity installed in the UK by 2020. The minister hoped that cumulative installs over the next three years will amount to 4.3GW. Barker expects a further 3.5GW of solar to be installed before the end of the Coalition’s term.

My personal opinion is that who he lives with or what gender his bedroom partner is nothing to do with me, I also hope the family can come to terms  that husband and dad have downed tools and scarperd off with a bloke.

The former Mrs Barker and the three children might have more to be upset about than the Solar PV distributors and installers!

Anyway I do question our Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker’s ability to count, not his expenses as I’m sure he will have been honest in his mistakes and more how on earth does he get the idea about installing 22GW when we are not even at 2GW!

From a steady growth curve to 4000 UK Solar PV installations a week I see DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) give out the latest figures to show that the UK solar industry is struggling to get back on track to hit target as the slashed FiT’s were implemented.

Since tough new regulations and a significantly reduced FiT rate were introduced on April 1, installations appeared to have dropped a colossal amount  from over 4000 a week to less than 1,000 a week.

This size drop in any market spells disaster

From April 8 to May 6 a miserable 3,839 new solar arrays were registered with MCS. My estimate is that the UK solar industry has thousands of installers, hundreds of PV makers seeking sales and with an estimated 20,000 employees this spells disaster

Looking at smaller installations that you might see on a home or small business  a tiny 101 rooftops bought  in the 4KW to 50KW size during a month

Shall we start again Greg?

In order for the UK to reach Greg Barker’s publicly stated aim of 22GW of installed capacity by 2020, installation rates need to pick up significantly.

We could do with 28.75MW installed every week and now UK is installations average 3.5MW a week since the cuts were introduced… We need 10X the amount sold today to make this a walk in the park.

Personally I see a need for good PR, tweak the FiT so we see 40p comeback not index linked and this drops by 10% every year and it is over in 12 or 15 years.

Come on Greg Barker your country needs you!

SOURCE:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169340/Gay-Tory-MP-Greg-Barker-uses-marital-home-claim–left-wife.html

http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/latest_installation_figures_show_continued_solar_industry_malaise_2356?utm_source=Solar+Power+Portal&utm_campaign=0c6466580d-Solar_Power_Portal_100520125_10_2012&u

http://www.solarae.co.uk/news/uk-solar-industry-installations-now-top-1000mw

Greg Barker goes down in history as the man who single handedly ruined the Solar PV industry

Urgent action is needed to put the solar industry on a steadier, clearer and sustainable growth path, avoid boom and bust and protect the wider Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs), Greg Barker said to me amongst many others at a conference for Solar PV industry leaders in Birmingham, 27 October 2011, as he continued I wrote a note (which I still hope is wrong) which said Solar Over 27/11/2012 and we still have chance to prove me wrong.

Climate Change and Energy Minister Greg Barker said:
“My priority is to put the solar industry on a firm footing so that it can remain a successful and prosperous part of the green economy, and so that it doesn’t fall victim to boom and bust.

Mr Barker went on talking about sales figures of 16,000 new solar PV installations in September 2011 alone –  double the 8,000 installed in June.

And nearly three times as much solar PV as projected has so far been installed with over 100,000 separate installations with over 400MW of capacity.

Well he might have stopped boom & bust by just having bust as the first two weeks of April DECC recorded sales of Solar PV installed fell to under 1300 installations up to 4KW and installations between 4KW to 50KW were 12! TWELVE! We need to lobby Government to re-stimulate this sector without overspending.

Green Deal will help but in the meanwhile we could bring in a FiT of say 27.5p but for just 12 years to save the  4.5% to 5% index linked payments being planned until a time when most buyers will be worrying about other things such as staying alive or for others it could be St Peter’s close questioning that could cause the angst. Most consumers are aged over 50 and 10 years will be an ample ROI

Are the electorate going to see Britain become part of the greenest country ever or The latest round of solar installation figures make us all frustrated by this lack of support from Government. One thing is clear, if we are to reach Mr Barker’s stated 22GW by 2020 ambition installation rates must pick up.

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Solar PV can be installed without a planning application from 6 April

April 6 this year planning permission will no-longer be required to install solar PV or solar thermal on non-domestic buildings. The new rules will also mean that ground-mounted systems up to 9m2 will be able to go ahead without a planning application.

The new regulations, which are coming into affect by an amendment to Permitted Development Rights (PDRs), will have a great impact on the requirements for planning for retrofits on commercial and agricultural buildings. Those who were held back, or forced to cancel projects due to the delays planning caused when the feed-in tariff changes were going through, will no longer face such restrictions.

However, as with most things in life, there are certain conditions that must be met.

Roof mounted solar

A roof-mounted solar system must not protrude more than 200mm from the roof/wall surface it is mounted on. There is an exception to this is if the system is on a flat roof, where the solar PV must be less than 1m in height above the highest part of the flat roof excluding any chimneys.

The roof-mounted solar installation must also be more than 1m away from the external edge of the roof or the joint of the wall that it is on and if the system is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or land with similar restrictions (article 1(5) then the solar cannot be on a roof slope or wall fronting the highway.

Furthermore, planning permission is required if the solar is on a listed building, on a building within the curtilage of a listed building or upon a site designated as a scheduled ancient monument.

Further conditions

  • The solar equipment must, so far as practicable, be sited so as to minimise its effect on the external appearance of the building;
  • The solar equipment must, so far as practicable, be sited so as to minimise its effect on the amenity of the area; and
  • Solar equipment no longer needed for micro generation must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable

Ground Mounted

In terms of ground-mounted solar, the new planning conditions also mean that installations of up to 9m2 will not require permissions. However, the solar must not be taller than 4m, only one to ground mounted system can be present of any one building, solar must not exceed 4m in height and the solar must not be installed so that it is nearer to any highway than any part of the building which is nearest to the same highway.

Further, the solar must not be installed within 5m of the boundary of the curtilage and planning permission will still be required if the solar is within the curtilage of a listed building or on a site designated as a scheduled ancient monument.

Further conditions

  • The ground mounted solar must, so far as practicable, be sited so as to minimise its effect on the amenity of the area; and
  • Ground mounted solar which is no longer needed for micro generation must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.

Commenting on this news, Alexander Creed, Partner, Resources and Energy at Strutt & Parker, said: “We welcome these changes; they will make the installation of solar on commercial and agricultural much more straightforward and we always considered it perverse that you could install on domestic properties without planning but not commercial or agricultural ones.

“We think that this change opens a window of opportunity for those that have been considering installing solar but haven’t progressed a project – possibly put off by the rollercoaster of feed-in tariffs. We think it opens a window as you will be able to install on a roof after the April 6 and this gives a good window until the June 30 before the next FiT reduction.

“As systems connected before the July 1 will benefit from a 25 year solar PV FiT and a linkage to the RPI rather than the CPI, this will give better returns to the project. With the current pricing for a 50kW system any project completed before July 1 should achieve an internal rate of return of over 10 percent.”

You can read the full legislation here.

SOURCE: http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/

If you own a very old listed building or half timbered home you just missed Solar PV with Feed in Tariff forever

Reminder of changes to Feed-in Tariffs from 1 April

  • New FITs tariffs for solar installations up to 250kW for those with an eligibility date on or after 3 March 2012
  • Minimum energy efficiency requirement for properties installing solar panels to obtain the highest level of FIT payment
  • New solar PV multi installation tariff rate
A total of £3.5million in funding has been announced today to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the Green Deal, delivering on the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement in March last year to create 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships. The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme aimed at renovating millions of draughty, energy-inefficient homes and office buildings across the UK. This scheme will begin later this year and will support an estimated 65,000 jobs by 2015. Trained, skilled professionals in assessing home energy efficiency and installing insulation are crucial for getting the Green Deal off the ground which is why today’s money for training will go a long way to help the UK prepare for the launch. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been working closely with the Green Deal Skills Alliance to ensure support goes where it is most needed. DECC is putting forward £3m and one of the leading partners in the Alliance, CITB-ConstructionSkills, will provide a further £500,000 towards the training of insulation installers.
GREGORY BARKER, MINISTER OF STATE Greg Barker supports the Secretary of State on:
Green Energy and Energy Security Bill
The Green Deal
CERT, CESP & ECO
Energy efficiency (including its contribution to the EMR White Paper)

DECC is introducing a range of changes to the FITs scheme to come into effect on 1 April 2012 following a consultation at the end of last year. The changes will help ensure that current tariff levels for solar PV are more closely matched to installation costs, and that solar PV is considered as part of a whole-house approach to saving energy and carbon.

REMINDER OF CHANGES TO FEED-IN TARIFFS FROM 1 APRIL

30 MARCH 2012

PRESS REF: 2012/035

  • New FITs tariffs for solar installations up to 250kW for those with an eligibility date on or after 3 March 2012
  • Minimum energy efficiency requirement for properties installing solar panels to obtain the highest level of FIT payment
  • New solar PV multi installation tariff rate

 

DECC is introducing a range of changes to the FITs scheme to come into effect on 1 April 2012 following a consultation at the end of last year.  The changes will help ensure that current tariff levels for solar PV are more closely matched to installation costs, and that solar PV is considered as part of a whole-house approach to saving energy and carbon.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “These changes will help improve the Feed-in Tariffs scheme, ensuring it is a scheme for the many and not for the few.  I am currently looking at how it can be further improved to offer certainty for householders, communities and industry and would welcome thoughts on our proposals.

“I want to see a bright and vibrant future for small scale renewables in the UK and allow each of the technologies to reach their potential where they can get to a point where they can stand on their own two feet without the need for subsidy sooner rather than later.”

NEW TARIFFS FOR SOLAR INSTALLATIONS UP TO 250KW

A new tariff rate of 21p/kWh will take effect for domestic size solar panels with an eligibility date on or after 3 March this year.  Other tariff reductions also apply for larger installations.

Band (kW) Generation tariff until 31 March 2012 (p/kWh) New generation tariff from 1 April 2012 (p/kWh) Multi-installation tariff from 1 April 2012 (p/kWh)
≤4kW(new build) 37.8 21.0 16.8
≤4kW (retrofit) 43.3 21.0 16.8
 >4-10kW 37.8  37.8  16.8  13.4
>10-50kW  32.9  15.2  12.2
>50-100kW  19  12.9  10.3
>100-150kW  19  12.9  10.3
>150-250kW  15  12.9  10.3
>250kW-5MW  8.5  8.9  8.9
Stand alone  8.5  8.9  8.9

 

MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT FOR PROPERTIES CLAIMING FITS FOR SOLAR PV

DECC has also put in place a minimum energy efficiency requirement for anyone wanting to install solar panels on their building and claim the full FIT rate.  From 1 April properties will be required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘D’ or above to qualify for the full FIT rates.   This is a change from the two options set out in the consultation, which were that the requirement should either be an EPC ‘C’ rating, or that all energy-saving measures should be installed that were cost-effective under the Green Deal.  It is estimated that around half of all properties are already eligible for a ‘D’ rating.

The tariff levels for properties meeting the requirement are as set out in the above table. Where properties do not meet the requirement, they will receive 9p/kWh (apart from >250-5MW and stand-alone installations, which always receive 8.9p).

NEW SOLAR MULTI INSTALLATION TARIFF RATE KICKS IN

New ‘multi installation’ tariff rates for PV set at 80% of the standard tariffs will also be introduced from 1 April for solar PV installations where a single or individual organisation is already receiving FITs for 25 or more other solar PV installations.  This is designed to reflect the lower costs these installations experience through economies of scale.  Based on responses received to the consultation, individuals or organisations with 25 or fewer installations will still be eligible for individual rate.

Government is currently consulting on a range of improvements to the FITs scheme.  Proposals currently out for consultation look at reducing the tariffs for solar over time to reflect market trends and uptake and also consider changes to the tariff levels for the other small scale technologies supported under the scheme.   Government is also consulting on the treatment of social housing and community schemes under FITs.

Supreme Court decides on Solar PV Feed in Tariff Government appeal in Friends of the Earth win

Thirty Thousand Property Owners Gain Higher Feed in Tariff after a Supreme Court decision was made on Friday 23 March saying that Chris Huhne raised no point of law in his application and before then he departed so Rt Hon Edward Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was left holding the hot potato of Solar PV Feed in Tariff from the chief point dodger and his sidekick The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker.

Responding to today’s decision by the Supreme Court on the Feed-in Tariffs Appeal
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said,

“We are disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court not to grant permission to hear this case. But the Court’s decision draws a line under the case. We will now focus all our efforts on ensuring the future stability and cost effectiveness of solar and other microgeneration technologies for the many, not the few.”

The government has lost a bid to appeal to the UK’s highest court over its plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes The 30,735 homeowners and businesses who installed solar panels after a 12 December cut-off date and before 3 March will now be eligible for the previous, higher feed-in tariff (Fit) of 43p per kWh of energy generated according this ruling by the highest court in the land.

Supreme Court bins Govt. appeal in Friends of the Earth win

Friends of the Earth said months ago – and the courts agreed – that the Government had illegally lowered its incentives to go solar. But the Government just wouldn’t stop spending time and money on its fight.

Finally moving forward

The Government must now get on with the urgent task of restoring confidence in UK solar power, said Atkins.

It recently pledged a huge increase in solar by the end of the decade, and must now spell out how it is going to do it.

Friends of the Earth maintains that investing in clean British energy will create thousands of jobs and reduce our reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports.

Last chance to show support

Friends of the Earth will be at No. 10 Downing Street on Monday to hand in a petition demanding energy we can all afford and an end to the massive influence of the Big 6 energy companies.

There’s still time to sign on. Please sign now.