Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2012

UK Government confirms support for small scale renewable technologies

(LEXEGESE) - Businesses will still be able to get support for small scale renewable technologies under the Government’s Renewables Obligation (RO), Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed on 2 October 2012.

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Government had suggested looking at excluding new small scale solar, anaerobic digestion, onshore wind and hydro power installations of between 50kW and 5MW from the RO from 1 April 2013 as part of its review of support for renewable electricity between 2013-17 published in July this year. This would have meant that the RO would support renewables over 5MW, with Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) being aimed at those who invest in solar, small scale wind, anaerobic digestion and hydro power projects under 5MW in size.

Following feedback from industry in recent months, DECC has decided to keep the option of both FITs and RO open for those investing in projects between 50kW and 5MW in size.

Background Information
  • The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the UK Government’s main mechanism for supporting large-scale renewables.
  • The Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme helps people to invest in small-scale low-carbon electricity, in return for a guaranteed payment for the electricity they generate and use as well as a guaranteed payment for unused surplus electricity they export back to the grid.
  • Documents relating to the UK Government response on the Renewables Obligation Banding Review.
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