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Friday, 18 March 2011

Friends of the Earth

Green groups slam slashing of solar scheme


  1. Green groups slam slashing of solar scheme:

    Environmental groups criticised government plans yesterday which could see subsidies for larger solar electricity schemes slashed.

    Ministers have said they are concerned about commercial "solar farms" benefiting from incentives designed to boost small-scale green electricity projects.

    The feed-in tariffs scheme pays people for the electricity they generate from solar panels installed on homes, schools and businesses.

    But the government said evidence showed dozens of large scale solar schemes were in the planning system as companies bid to cash in on the incentives for the green energy.

    The subsidy for a 50 kilowatt (kW) installation will drop from 32.9p per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity to 19p. Larger sites will could see a drop from 30.7p per kWh to just 8.5p per kWh for installations rated at up to 5 megawatts.

    There is no change for the smallest sets of panels, those rated up to 50kW.

    Green groups said the plans would hit renewable projects in communities, schools and small businesses.

    Greenpeace chief scientist Dr Doug Parr said: "As the world struggles with the problems that nuclear power can bring it is bizarre and short-sighted that UK is knifing the support levels to community-scale solar developments."

    Friends of the Earth head of policy and campaigns Craig Bennett said: "These proposals would devastate support for community-scale solar energy projects - preventing schools, councils, businesses and housing estates from earning and saving money by creating green power.

    "The government should treble targets for powering our homes and communities with renewable electricity to create new jobs and boost investor confidence."


  2. Now's the time to send them a clear message - nuclear is a gamble we don't need to take. We can meet our energy needs with clean and safe alternatives.



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