Government review of feed-in tariffs has made many non-domestic solar PV schemes unviable, chief exec warns

The government’s review of feed-in tariffs threatens the viability of commercial solar panel schemes, the Electrical Contractors Association has warned.

Last month the government cut feed-in tariff subsidies for solar arrays above 50kW - about the size of two tennis courts – as part of an emergency review.

ECA chief executive Steve Bratt said the change would seriously threaten the viability of non-domestic solar PV schemes.

Bratt said: “Government should find a way to stimulate all PV installation, rather than preside over some sort of ‘zero sum game’ between business and domestic PV investment.

“Any significant re-alignment of the tariff away from small-scale PV technology could fundamentally damage the micro-generation sector.”

The ECA recommends raising the limit for lower FITS to 150kW rather than 50kW.

Bratt added: “The government must support, not create confusion around, incentives such as FITs.”

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