Solar PV Feed-in Tariff News

Thursday 24th May 2012 - Solar PV Feed-in Tariff cuts delayed until 1st August 2012
Greg Barker, The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, has today confirmed that Solar PV Feed-in Tariff (FIT) cuts, initially scheduled for 1st July 2012, have been delayed until 1st August 2012. Read More.

Sunday 1st April 2012 - Minimum EPC rating now required for Solar Panels
As of today, homeowners wishing to install Solar Panels must ensure that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least ‘D’ to get the current Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rate of 21p. Read More.

Thursday 9th February 2012 - Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
The Government has announced planned changes to the Solar PV Feed-in Tariff and installation criteria. Read More.

Wednesday 1st February 2012 - REAL email members about mis-selling FIT rate
REAL have emailed their members to warn that Solar installers currently guaranteeing a FIT rate of 43.3p for 25 years are mis-selling, and should instead advise customers that they will not receive a FIT rate lower than 21p. Read More.

Monday 30th January 2012 - 'Big six' energy suppliers not paying 43.3p FIT rate
Five of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers have confirmed to EnergyLink that they will be paying the FIT rate of at least 21p for Solar Panels installed before April 2012, the other energy supplier was uncertain. Significantly, none of the ‘big six’ confirmed that they would pay 43.3p until official confirmation was given by the Government. Read More.

Wednesday 25th January 2012 - DECC lose appeal over unlawful Feed-in Tariff cuts
DECC have announced their plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s ruling that cuts to the FIT rate were unlawful. Until an official announcement is made by DECC, the FIT rate is guaranteed to be at least 21p for Solar Panels installed before April 2012. Read More.

Thursday 19th January 2012 - Government confirm 21p FIT rate to Parliament

In a Written Ministerial Statement presented to Parliament, The Government has once again confirmed that the FIT rate will be at least 21p, guaranteed and index linked for 25 years, for Solar installations registered between 12th December 2011 and 31st March 2012. Read More.

Wednesday 18th January 2012 – Government announce FIT rate to BusinessGreen

The Government has confirmed in an email to BusinessGreen that Solar Panels installed between 12th December 2011 and 31st March 2012 will receive a FIT rate of 21p, guaranteed for 25 years, providing some much needed reassurance for the Solar Industry. Read More.

Friday 13th January 2012 - Feed-in Tariff appeal adjourned
The Court of Appeal have been unable to reach a decision regarding whether to hear DECC’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) appeal. A decision is expected in the week beginning Monday 16th January. The FIT is still guaranteed to be at least 21p per kWh until 31st March 2012. Read More.

Tuesday 10th January 2012 - £197m added to FIT budget
Today brought the welcome news that DECC have added £197 million to the Solar PV FIT budget for small-scale green energy incentives. The move is designed to stop the FIT scheme from going over budget and has been achieved by DECC re-allocating funds set aside for the Renewables Obligation incentive scheme. Read More.

Monday 9th January 2012 - Solar Panel price cuts
A number of Solar PV installers have reduced their Solar Panel prices by up to 20%, following the Government imposed Solar PV Feed-in Tariff (FIT) cut, to make an investment into Solar Panels more viable and profitable. Read More.

Friday 6th January 2012 - FIT rate guaranteed until April
The Solar Industry received some much needed reassurance today with DECC’s announcement that all Solar Panels installed before April 2012 will receive a FIT rate of 21p, guaranteed and linked to inflation, for 25 years. Read More.

Friday 3rd January 2012 - DECC submit counter to Court of Appeal
Following the High Court’s ruling that their Solar FIT cut deadline was ‘legally flawed’, DECC have announced that they will launch an appeal on the view that a reduced FIT will ensure the stability of the Solar Industry and to ensure the FIT budget is not exceeded. The appeal is scheduled to be heard by the Court of Appeal on Friday 13th January.

Wednesday 21st December 2011 - FIT cut consultation 'legally flawed'
Friends of the Earth, Homesun and Solarcentury have challenged the House of Commons’ ruling on the grounds that the FIT cut shouldn’t have been implemented 11 days before the consultation end date of 23rd December 2011. High Court judge Mr Justice Mitting agreed, stating that it was ‘legally flawed’, and upheld the legal challenge.

Monday 12th December 2011 - 21p FIT rate now in effect
Following protests and challenges from the Solar Power Industry, today, Monday 12th December, marks the start of the new and reduced 21p FIT rate for UK Solar Panel installations up to 4kWh in size. The consultation is due to close in 11 days on 23rd December. Read More.

Thursday 24th November 2011 - FIT cut consultation given green light
‘Cut Don’t’ Kill’ – a collection of Solar PV companies and green groups – have lost their battle to prevent the FIT cut proposal, which they argue will threaten jobs and productivity in the Solar industry. A commons debate resulted in a defeat for the Solar PV Industry by 292 to 200, a majority of 72 in favour of the Government. Read More.

Monday 31st October 2011 - Launch of FIT cut consultation
The Government have launched a consultation today to reduce the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rate for Solar Panels up to 4kWp in size. The new FIT rate represents a 50% reduction and will pay 21p for each unit of electricity generated. It is scheduled to take effect for all Solar PV installations from 12th December; 11 days before the consultation end date of 23rd December.

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