Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry has blasted Westminster plans to scrap support for solar power. The SNP’s Westminster energy spokesperson has described the Tory government proposal as “backward-looking” as it risks “killing off” a key part of the renewables energy mix. In an open letter – signed by the MP alongside more than 200 organisations representing consumer and industry bodies and academics – the Solar Trade Association (STA) urgently called on the UK government to confirm the continuation of the export tariff for solar homes, small businesses and community energy projects, from next April. The export tariff works alongside the feed-in tariff to ensure small solar generators are paid at a fair market rate for the power they feed into the grid. It comes after the Environmental Audit Committee’s warning about the “alarming collapse” in clean energy investment since 2016, which stems from Tory opposition to policies which enable the industry.
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