Stern response to plan to slash solar tariff

The government’s plans to slash solar feed-in tariffs must be overhauled, say councils. Renewables trade bodies are surprisingly split in their views on the proposals

There is a “significant risk” that community-based solar projects such as those at schools, sheltered housing and leisure centres will stop if the government slashes feed-in tariffs (FITs), according to the Local Government Group.

In March, the energy and climate department (DECC) proposed lowering FITs for solar schemes by up to 70% (ENDS Report 434, p 8). New rates would come into force on 1 August.

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