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ECA adds voice to Government on solar grid exports

Open letter to Energy Minister asks for viable export tariffs on solar projects

10 September 2018

ECA's Director of Business Paul Reeve has added ECA’s name to the signatories of a letter on solar policy by the Solar Trade Association (STA) to Energy Minister Claire Perry MP, asking that a viable payment for electricity exported to the grid will be available for new solar projects.

The letter follows Government's closure of the once-vaunted feed-in-tariff for all new solar installations, and its plans to hit payments for solar-powered exports to the grid. New domestic and some commercial solar installation activity has slowed dramatically in the last two years.

The STA letter states, "Certainty is needed as a matter of urgency to safeguard the confidence of everyday investors in solar and related smart technologies, and in the UK solar industry. The Environmental Audit Committee has recently warned about the alarming collapse in clean energy investment since 2016 and the lack of new enabling policies. Removing a fair export price for solar power risks compounding this situation further.”

For more information and to read the letter in full, click here

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