The Scottish renewables sector has been stunned by five- and six-fold increases in business rates and the new regime of business rates in Scotland has marked out hydro power for “special punishment”, threatening to end independent development of schemes north of the border, Scottish industry representatives at Alba Energy warned.
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Operators of many small scale green energy projects such as hydro or solar schemes, fear they won’t be able to survive proposed business rates increases of up to 650 per cent. They claim that while Scottish ministers rightly criticised the UK Government for cutting subsidies to renewable energy developments, they are effectively now doing the same, by overseeing rates increases of up to 50 per cent of turnover when support has been removed. The Scottish Government stresses that business valuations are undertaken by independent assessors. But the point at issue is that a relief scheme introduced by the Edinburgh administration to assist green generators ended in 2015 and has not been a replaced.
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