November 1, 2012
The new feed-in tarrif (FiT) rates for solar photovoltaic technology have become effective as of today
The rates were confirmed by Ofgem earlier in the year and represent the first round of FiT cuts enacted under the newly introducted tri-monthly degression model.
The new rates show that the residential FiT was cut by just over a penny to 15.44p/kWh from 16.5p/kWh while the commercial FiT was cut by less than half a penny to 13.1p/kWh from 13.5p/kWh. For larger businesses, the rate of 11.5p/kWh remains unchanged.
However, with recent electricity price hikes, these cuts will make the return on investment from solar projects higher than it was a month ago. Latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal that the UK installed 747.586MW of solar under the FiT scheme in the first nine months of 2012.
June 1, 2012
The Government announced plans that are designed to provide long term sustainability for the FITs scheme and better value for money for consumers, allowing customers and businesses to plan their investments with confidence.The key points include:
- A tariff of 16p/kWh will take effect from 1
- Increasing the export tariff to 4.5p/kWh for new installations (from 3.2p/kWh)
- Reducing the tariff lifetime from 25 to 20 years for new PV installations.
- Multi-installation tariff set at 90% of the standard generation tariff, rather than 80% as at the moment, reflecting latest evidence on the costs of such projects.
- New tariffs will still provide rates of return of over 6% for typical installations, which makes solar PV a very attractive investment.
- New cost control mechanism will reduce solar PV tariffs automatically in line with deployment.
- Degression can occur every three months however the rate of degression is dependent on the volume of deployment
- If deployment has been low, then degression can be skipped.
Please click here to read a full summary from DECC.
May 4, 2012
The UK solar industry is today anticipating the future feed-in tariff rates as we move from the month of April into May. After Government announced it’s intention to base the new rates on installation figures seen between March 3 and the end of April 2012, all eyes have been on the FiT database.
read more on this article at the Solar Power Portal
February 22, 2012
It has been announced that as of April 1, 2012 all new solar PV systems wishing to receive the full feed-in tariff rate available will have to be accompanied with a valid EPC level D. Following mounting confusion, DECC has confirmed that a solar installation will contribute to bringing the property up to EPC level D.
February 16, 2012
The scaffolding is up at ‘Brewster Towers’ this week and we are having our very own 3.67kw solar array fitted by local company ‘Natural Energy Sources’ in time for the March deadline.
Yes, we carried out our own full structural appraisal and luckily no additional strengthening works were necessary.
Stephen, who has been leading the solar project, says ‘hopefully we will be creating our own energy by Friday this week, we just need some sunshine now!’
Adrian Adam, Sales and Marketing Director for Natural Energy Sources commented “We were approached by Brewsters to install a solar PV system on their business to help reduce electricity usage from the national grid and to show a commitment to renewable energy. After assessing the property, analysing available options with the aid of state-of-the-art design software, and liaising with the team at Brewsters, we designed and installed a 3.67 kW system using 15 Hyundai monocrystalline modules and a top of the range Power One inverter. This system would maximise the yield with the available roof space and significantly help to reduce the carbon footprint of the company.
The solar project forms part of an ongoing scheme to increase our green credentials and reduce our carbon footprint. Our recent office refurbishment has included the installation of other energy saving features such as an automatic light control system which will activate only when an area is occupied and also measure the ambient light levels within the offices with lights coming on only when necessary, it’s hoped that we will save at least 70% of our lighting costs by using this system.
If you are thinking of ‘going green’ and are interested in solar pv panels but want to check if your roof is strong enough to take the increased load, check out our services for solar pv, with prices starting from £75 + VAT why take the risk?
February 10, 2012
On February 9, DECC launched a consultation on its decision to move the FiT scheme towards a tariff structure that is able to respond directly to levels of deployment, replicating a successful model that has been deployed in Germany.
DECC proposes that the starting tariff levels for July 1, should be set dependent on the levels of actual deployment of solar in March and April. As a result DECC has modelled for three different scenarios depending on the level of capacity installed in March and April.
DECC’s proposed July 1 tariff rates are outlined below:
|Band (kW)||1 April tariff||Option A||Option B||Option C|
The most conservative option released by DECC would see FiT rates slashed by over 20 percent in July, Option A would see March tariff levels slashed by 35 percent. A 68.6 percent drop in just 8 months. A further 5 percent reduction on the July level of tariff will be enacted in October, with 10 percent reductions being introduced every six months thereafter.
Read more on this story from the solar panel portal
source: solar panel portal
February 9, 2012
This week the Brewster’s solar team have seen a huge increase in the demand for our ‘desktop appraisals for solar pv installations’. This is a clear indication that the solar industry is far from dead. The welcome revival is thanks to the appeal allowing the 43p tariff to remain in place until March. The rush is on again with consumers making sure their arrays go up in time!
Call us now on 0800 027 5130 to get your ’sample pack’ today. Choosing Brewsters for your structural engineering advice couldn’t be easier and with prices starting from £75 + VAT we aim to keep the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
Remember, checking the structural integrity of the roof prior to installing panels provides peace of mind, ensures insurability and will safeguard the future saleability of the property.
January 25, 2012
The government has failed in an appeal against a decision which blocked its attempts to reduce solar subsidies.
read more on this article direct from the BBC
January 5, 2012
The Department for Energy and Climate Change have reported since the December 12th deadline the number of solar pv installations dropped by a staggering 98% based on figures for the week prior to the 12th.
The figures released by the DECC illustrate the boom following the Government’s announcement to cut the FiT rate on 31st October and how in just 6 weeks the UK more than doubled its capacity, with 43% of 2011’s capacity being put in place after the announcement.
The deadline has no doubt been devastating for a considerable amount of our clients but the requirement for our desktop appraisals since the deadline shows that installations are still going ahead, albeit at a much slower pace.
Our figures for November showed that out of all desktop appraisals undertaken for that month, 83% passed successfully with no strengthening works being required.
To find out how we can help you and provide the MCS installer’s clients’ with complete peace of mind, check out our services for solar pv installers here or call to speak to one of our advisors on 0800 027 5130.