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Eversheds comment: Government announcement on small scale solar cuts disappointing given recent solar success

  • United Kingdom

    22-07-2015

    Following news that DECC is consulting on plans that would see UK subsidies for some new solar farms close by 2016, Stephen Hill, partner and clean energy expert at law firm Eversheds, comments:

    “This proposed cut in subsidy, coming so quickly after the cut in large scale solar and the consultation on a reduction in support for on-shore wind, is having a dramatic effect on investor confidence at a time when the solar industry is about to break through into being subsidy free."

    “The growth of solar has been a real success story over the last five years, adding over 8GW (gigawatts) of power to the network when other traditional forms of electricity generation are being closed down, and new large scale power plants are being delayed. As a proportion of consumer spend (particularly when compared with indirect subsidy which is hidden from consumer bills), it is relatively small. This is a time when the UK should be supporting distributed generation.”

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