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Window for Feed-in Tariff proposal objections closing fast

Time is fast running out for installers to make their views known on the proposed changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme outlined by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The consultation period for the first part of DECC’s proposal closes on Tuesday 3rd April along with the opportunity for installers to register comments or objections.

Comprehensive Review Phase 2A sets out DECC’s plans to reduce the tariff for PV installations with an eligibility date after July 1st 2012 with further reductions at six month intervals thereafter. Future FiT rates will also fall in line with levels of deployment.

DECC officials have made it clear that views are being sought on all aspects of the consultation including reducing the lifetime of FiT from 25 years to 20 years, the levels set for export tariffs, the appropriateness of digression rates and deployment triggers and rates of multi-installation tariffs.

Alastair Granger, lead, delivery and engagement, FIT team, said: “These are just proposals. We are interested in hearing a range of views and are open to altering these if there’s rational reasoning.

“The intention (of the proposed changes) is to provide clarity. This has not been dreamed up because we like to be difficult. We are trying to lay out a clear proposal showing tariff levels going forward.

“We have tight cost control because that is the reality of this financial climate. If technologies cannot be seen to be competitive then we are not in a position to finance them. All schemes must provide value for money.”

The consultation document is available in full here whilst responses should be submitted online by clicking here.

Comprehensive Review Phase 2B address tariffs for non-PV technologies and closes on Thursday 26th April. Further information can be found here.

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