Solar Power Portal is today canvassing the UK’s small-scale renewables sector to build its response to the government’s cliff-edge removal of support. Late last month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two pivotal documents for the future of UK renewables policy; one on the closure of the small-scale feed-in tariff and a call for evidence on the shape of future small-scale renewables policy. The government has imposed a deadline for responses of 31 August for the former and 13 September for the latter.
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One of the UK’s largest local authority-owner solar farms, based in Suffolk, has generated more than £1.3m of income in its second year. Forest Heath District Council invested nearly £14.5m to acquire the 12.4MW solar farm at Toggam Farm in Lakenheath in 2016. The farm, whose purchase was based on a 25-year, independently produced model, has performed marginally better than expected, generating 12,258MWh (megawatt hours), which is slightly above the 11,649MWh estimated. The electricity was sold on through the National Grid, and was enough to power around 3,300 homes and offset the carbon dioxide emissions from 1,500 cars. It has also helped Forest Heath establish itself as a carbon neutral council. Once various costs are taken into account, it has generated £372,300 for council services. Cllr Stephen Edwards, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance at Forest Heath District Council, said: “I am proud of this investment and what it will help us achieve on behalf of our communities for many years to come.”
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Tesla Inc’s production of solar roof tiles has been delayed by assembly-line problems at its new publicly subsidized factory and difficulties producing a product that satisfies the aesthetic demands of CEO Elon Musk, eight former and current employees of both companies told Reuters. Repeated hold-ups since the Buffalo, New York plant opened last year have forced Tesla’s partner in the joint venture, Panasonic, to seek other buyers for the components it had built to sell to Tesla, according to a Panasonic employee, a former Panasonic employee and a former Tesla employee. The issues have also rattled the faith of state officials in Tesla’s ability to deliver on investment and employment promises it made in exchange for $750 million in state subsidies.
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