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DECC confirms support for small-scale renewable technologies

03 October 2012

Businesses will still be able to get support for small scale renewable technologies between 50kW and 5MW under the government’s Renewables Obligation (RO).

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

The 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.

Energy and climate Change minister Greg Barker (pictured) said: “In light of feedback from industry on our intention to consult on the overlap between the RO and FITs we believe that now is not the time to make further changes to these schemes. Industry needs certainty, and keeping the current arrangements for small scale renewables as they are will help provide this assurance.”

The announcement was welcomed by RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive Maf Smith, who said it was a great fillip for the whole renewables industry to know that the government is working closely with business and making decisions based firmly on evidence. “We trust we’ll see this constructive approach continuing through into the onshore costs review. It’s also vital that Government gets the degression thresholds in the Feed-in-Tariff right so that communities, farmers and other small businesses can share in the benefits of small and medium sized wind schemes, and our world leading industry can remain just that.”

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