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31 July 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

The DECC has published its monthly statistics on how much solar is being deployed under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and how that is going to affect tariff levels in the future.

Its figures show:

  • A very slight increase in deployment in the smallest systems, generally on domestic homes (0-10kW), triggering a small 3.5% reduction (or ‘degression’) in the tariffs. The 0-4kW tariff will now go from 12.92p to 12.60p from 1 October 2015.

  • An automatic 3.5% reduction in the tariff for slightly larger systems on schools, leisure centres and other similar sized buildings (10-50kW) but very little deployment. This will now go from 11.71p to 11.42p from 1 October 2015.

  • Relatively low deployment and no reduction in the tariff for large commercial solar roofs.

  • A small 3.5% reduction in the tariff for smaller ground mount solar farms (called ‘standalone’). This will now go from 4.44p to 4.33p from 1 October 2015.

“As tariffs gradually come down a 3.5% reduction makes less and less of a difference to the actual tariffs,” explained David Pickup, Business Analyst Solar Trade Association (STA) commented. “And as costs come down, along with tariffs, solar can provide more and more value for money green power.

“However what is clear is that commercial rooftop solar is not the success story we and the government had hoped. In our Solar Independence Plan we recommend a number of ways to remove barriers to commercial deployment, including changes to the way the FiT is designed as well as to regulatory and administrative systems. It is vital that these are addressed by government.

In what it believes is a way to try and simplify this part of the market for businesses, the STA has published a Commercial Rooftop Solar Confidence Checklist, a non-technical checklist that any business that has a big roofspace can use to guide them through the process of going solar and bringing down their energy bills.

Picture: Although solar energy in the commercial rooftop sector is under-performing, the STA believes it has a long term future

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 31 July 2015


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