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More Solar PV for business – Permitted Development threshold raised to 1MW

DSC_0420It has been a good week for businesses looking to install roof-top Solar PV to generate energy and income, as a second announcement from government in just a few days is set to make the use of Solar PV more flexible and accessible for more organisations.

Eric Pickles has announced that the Permitted Development threshold for commercial roof-top Solar PV panels is to be raised from 50kW to 1MW, negating the need for full planning applications for larger systems. EnergyMyWay welcomes this as a sign of commitment from government to help businesses use Solar PV panels to lower carbon emissions, reduce bills and earn revenues from the Feed-in Tariff.

Number of Solar PV panels on commercial roof-tops set to increase

The announcement follows news earlier this week that businesses will be able to move Solar PV panels to a new premises without forfeiting Feed-in Tariff revenues, under the new DECC ‘Lift and Shift’ proposals. Both announcements come as part of a wider commitment to increase the amount of solar energy generated from commercial roof tops in the UK.

Solar Trade Association business analyst David Pickup said the trade body was pleased to see “one more barrier” to having solar rooftop installations removed.

“Extending the threshold from 50kW to 1MW is a boost for commercial solar. So many warehouses, factories and offices could save money on their energy bills by having solar PV on their roofs,” he said.

Businesses considering Solar PV panels can access free advice from EnergyMyWay. Our experts will explain your options and your feasibility for installing roof-top Solar PV panels to cut bills and earn revenues for your business. Call 0845 371 3181 or find your nearest EnergyMyWay.

James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.