One third of solar jobs have been lost in the past year and a further 30% of solar businesses expect to cut staff in the next 12 months, according to a detailed new analysis published by the Solar Trade Association and management consultants PwC. The 238 solar industry firms surveyed said they collectively employed 3,665 people now compared to 5,362 a year ago – a fall of 32%, while 4 in 10 firms are being forced to either exit the solar market entirely or diversify into other markets to keep their heads above water. Extrapolating the survey findings across the UK solar industry, the figure for job losses over the past year could exceed 12,500 – around one third of previous total employment in the solar industry, the Solar Trade Association found. Solar deployment this year is expected to fall from an annual average of 1GW in the past five years, to less than 300-MW this year – a 75% drop. However, new moves by the Scottish Government to improve new-build standards as part of the emerging new Scottish Energy Strategy are creating opportunities and it appears that the new London mayor may also move to support solar deployment across the city.
Scottish Energy News 26th July 2016 read more »
Jobs in UK solar fall by an estimated 32 per cent in 12 months following subsidy cuts, with recovery hopes now pinned on new build installations, overseas expansion and satellite technologies such as battery storage. The UK solar industry has had a tumultuous year. The surprise election of a Conservative majority government cleared the way for a raft of changes to the UK’s clean energy subsidy regime – and often, it was solar that was left in the firing line. Cuts to payments under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) mechanism, the removal of the Renewable Obligation (RO) and the exclusion of solar from the next round of Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions have led to a sudden and marked decline in the fortunes of the UK’s solar sector, according to a new survey released today by consultancy giant PwC.
Business Green 25th July 2016 read more »
Solar subsidy cuts lead to loss of 12,000 jobs. More than 12,000 solar power jobs have been lost in the past year because of government subsidy cuts, according to the industry. A third of solar jobs have likely been lost in the UK, found the report by PwC for the Solar Trade Association (STA), based on a survey of 238 companies, around 10% of the industry. The losses are in addition to around 1,000 jobs that disappeared when several companies went into administration in a matter of weeks last year, but less than some dire predictions that forecast 18,000 jobs being axed.
Guardian 25th July 2016 read more »
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