Scottish Government supports solar despite UK decisions to cut subsidies

The Scottish Government has confirmed solar PV projects below 5 Megawatts will continue to receive support following the UK government?s decision to close the Renewables Obligation.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said: ?The UK government?s decision to slash support for renewables is misplaced and actively discourages investment in clean energy.

?The industry needs clarity and certainty to allow the necessary decisions to be taken and I will do what I can to support the 3,000 solar jobs in Scotland that are under threat.

?So to maintain a consistency and certainty for a growing industry, I have decided to use the powers I have to retain the status quo until the closure of the Renewables Obligation in April 2016.?

John Forster, chairman of Solar Trade Association Scotland (STA Scotland), said: ?This shows that the Scottish Government is fully committed to solar providing as much as possible of its 100 per cent renewables target for Scotland.

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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.