|RenewableUK has expressed disappointment at today’s announcement by the Government that the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), which supports the deployment of small-scale renewables such as solar panels and small wind turbines, is to close with no policy to replace it.
Alongside this announcement, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is publishing a call for evidence on potential new policies for small-scale renewables.
The Feed-in Tariff was established in 2010 and provides payments to owners of small-scale renewable generators at a fixed rate per unit of electricity produced, ensuring that the cost of installation is recouped over the lifetime of the generator. As the cost of renewables has plummeted over the past 8 years, this fixed rate payment has fallen by up to 90%.
The 2015 Feed-in Tariff review set out that the current FiT scheme would close in April 2019. The Government committed to setting out its policy on post-2019 support for small-scale renewables over a year ago but this has been repeatedly delayed, causing huge uncertainty for companies in the sector.
Commenting on today’s announcement, RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said:
“Today’s confirmation that there will be no replacement for the Feed-in Tariff is a major blow to small-scale renewables in the UK. The Government has known the FiT would be closing for three years and the fact that they are only now beginning the conversation about new policies is far too little, far too late for many companies.
“Small-scale renewables technologies are a vital part of creating the more local, smart power networks that will be central to the UK’s future energy system. Companies in the sector have helped tens of thousands of homes and businesses to cut their energy costs, and have grown into a thriving industry that exports around the world. They have been waiting, at great cost, for the Government to issue today’s consultation for over a year.”