Sunday, 25 October 2015

Backing the £1 solar energy ‘rescue plan’

I met representatives of the devastated solar industry last week to discuss the impact of the governments changes and to promote the £1 plan, as a growing number of voices are calling on the Government to reconsider its plans.  I think it is important that MPs back an emergency rescue plan for British solar [1] being put forward as a solution to the current crisis surrounding proposed 87% cuts to the Feed-in Tariff for solar.

The cuts put forward by the Government are too much too soon. The Government should instead consider this alternative proposal so that British households can continue to benefit from clean, green sunshine power.

The Solar Trade Association has estimated that, if the 27,000 jobs at risk across the country.

The Solar Trade Association’s ‘£1 solar rescue plan’ proposal has been designed to work for both the Government and solar businesses, allowing the industry to survive while giving the Government the cost control guarantees it needs.

The proposal involves slightly higher tariffs, higher and more flexible caps on the total amount of solar that can be deployed and an improved mechanism to continually bring support levels down.

The plan would only add an extra £1.06 on average household energy bills by 2019, demonstrating how affordable it would be to adopt steady reductions in support for solar power.

Three solar businesses, Mark Group, Climate Energy and Southern Solar, have already gone into administration over the last few weeks, citing government cuts as the cause and making over 1,200 people across the country redundant.

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association said:

“Cutting support for solar by up to 87% is a false economy for consumers and UK plc. It will decimate the British solar industry, waste huge public support to date, and leave the UK behind the international tide of technology change.”


[1] For more information please see the STA’s summary briefing about the Emergency £1 Solar Rescue Plan.


If you have any further questions for the Solar Trade Association, please contact:
Name: Sonia Dunlop
Title: Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Tel: 0203 637 2946