The government have announced a review of feed in tariffs for solar PV. According to their website the review will consider all aspects of the scheme including:
- tariff levels
- degression rates and methods
- eligible technologies
- arrangements for exports
- administrative and regulatory arrangements
- interaction with other policies
- accreditation and certification issues
We have decided to separate the review into two phases. Phase 1 will consider:
- small-scale solar PV (with a total installed capacity of 250 kilowatts or less)
- prioritising energy efficiency by linking PV tariffs to specified minimum energy efficiency requirements from 1 April 2012, and
- introducing new multi-installation tariff rates for aggregated solar PV schemes, applying to new installations with an eligibility date after 1 April 2012
Phase 2 of the review will consider wider issues including tariffs for non-PV technologies, new cost control mechanisms and administrative aspects of the scheme.
- Global warming is not occurring therefore no need
- Global warming models have proven inaccurate
- Global warming would be beneficial to the UK with less winter deaths
- Solar PV is a pathetic technology for the UK and it simply doesn’t justify itself in terms of the cost/benefit. When I last looked without subsidy, the payback period was something like 50 years (for perfect installation with no maintenance costs)
- Jobs are lost as money as taken out of the economy.
- Home owners have been deceived about the true costs & benefits. E.g. few get told they need regular cleaning which is not an insubstantial cost (window cleaners charge £5-£10 per month). Roof installation is never at the optimum angle and often shaded. And typical costs don’t include the cost of replacing the inverter which I’ve heard last only 10 years
- There are numerous stories of botched installations where e.g. the roof leaks after installation meaning that eventually far more damage will be done to the house than could possibly be saved.