Business rates review threatens solar PV

The hard-pressed solar PV sector is arguing for installations generating onsite power to be rated in a similar way to those exporting power

Solar PV for own use faces a formidable rates rise. Photograph: Shawn Hempel/123RFA reform of business rates by the Valuations Office Agency could increase costs for solar PV output used onsite, in many cases threatening their viability without adequate transitional arrangements.

The consultation, launched on 28 September, seeks views on proposed transitional arrangements aimed at phasing in changes in business rate bills from 2017.

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