Renewable Energy Association Challenges DECC on FiT Review

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) today challenged the Government over its support for solar, saying it needed to look at the potential of the green technology “based on the facts”.

The REA, which represents over 150 solar companies, today called on the Government to reconsider its policy of “reigning in” solar by looking at the facts. The trade body has published a factsheet, which lists 10 suggested “myths” about solar and attempts to knock them down one by one.

The move follows the decision by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this month to launch a fast-track comprehensive review into the Feed-in Tariff for solar projects over 50 kilowatts (kW) in size.

The fact is the UK has not caught up with rapid developments in the global solar PV industry ? or shown much interest in the facts,” said REA chief executive, Gaynor Hartnell. “It would be a terrible loss if the ‘greenest Government ever? reigns in on the UK?s already modest solar vision and ambition. We?d like to hear DECC talk up this technology and re-examine its potential based on the facts.”

Renewable Heat Incentive

This week, the REA also sent an open letter to Huhne urging him to publish details of the mechanism for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Government announced £860 million of funding for the RHI beginning in June 2011 in the Comprehensive Spending Review. The scheme will incentivise homeowners and businesses to generate their own renewable heat.

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.