Regulatory uncertainty has “damaged” subsidy-free solar projects, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has said in response to Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan. Issuing ten recommendations to the regulator, the STA said it should endeavour to align reform processes where possible, pointing to how this didn’t occur for the Targeted Charging Review (TCR) and Access and Forward-Looking Charges SCR. Failure to align these reforms and regulatory uncertainty, it said, has “damaged” the prospects of delivering new subsidy-free solar projects. Research from Aurora Energy Research found that the TCR could delay the onset of subsidy-free solar in the UK by as much as five years, with Ofgem publishing its final decision on the TCR in December 2019.
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