Cross-party MPs, farmers’ groups, the solar industry and climate campaigners have today joined forces to highlight their “Halloween horror” at proposals to axe small-scale solar payments. The plans, which were first announced over the summer, would scrap the export tariff which guarantees owners of PV panels money for excess energy they produce. The proposals were dubbed “literally daylight robbery” by campaigners, who called on the government for “fair treatment” of rooftop solar by guaranteeing an export tariff for new solar installations after March next year. Two consultations over the summer set out plans to close the small-scale feed-in tariff (FiT) and the export tariff for new solar installations from 31 March 2019, as the government continues winding down support for small-scale solar. The government argues its support has helped drive down the cost of solar, but that it must “constantly improve our understanding and approach” as technologies mature. But campaign group 10:10 Climate Action claims that if the plans go through, householders, schools, churches and other public buildings installing new solar panels will be forced to effectively donate the excess clean electricity to the grid and big energy companies for free. It says the proposals run counter to new EU laws requiring governments to ensure people are paid ‘at a fair market rate’ for the clean power they contribute to the grid, and would also cause the loss of jobs and further damage solar panel installation rates.
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