Solar energy firms have called on the Scottish Government to use devolved powers to make rooftop solar systems exempt from business rates. In a letter published in yesterday’s edition of the Sunday Herald, a group of 12 different companies and organisations – including the Solar Trade Association, Forster Energy and iPower Energy – claimed the Scottish solar industry was at a “competitive disadvantage”, because business rates for solar are 10 times higher north of the border, compared to England. The letter urged Holyrood ministers to introduce “simple secondary legislation” to exempt rooftop PV systems from business rates and help give the Scottish solar industry a boost. “Solar deployment on Scottish rooftops lags far behind both national and European deployment,” the letter states.
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