REA & STA respond to possible solar policy changes

The STA and REA have urged DECC to rethink plans to review support levels for solar PV.

Government sources have confirmed reports from BusinessGreen that proposals are in the pipeline to alter the Feed-in Tariff and Renewables Obligation as DECC looks to shift developers’ attention away from solar farms in rural locations to commercial rooftops.

STA ceo Paul Barwell said: “We are disappointed to read that DECC is launching another review on the solar industry. Investor confidence and market stability is absolutely essential in order to deliver sustained cost reductions for consumers and a healthy solar industry for UK plc. We are obviously on tenterhooks to see what changes DECC is proposing to make.”

REA chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “We emphasise that drastic changes to policy – to which solar power is no stranger – can lead to job losses and damage investor confidence across the renewables industry. We urge DECC to tread very carefully if it does indeed plan to review the support mechanisms for large scale solar. This sector is creating jobs and bringing down costs rapidly.”