Alliance calls on Cameron to back renewables ahead of FIT review

A group of 100 organisations has written to the Prime Minister to express its support for small-scale renewable electricity, ahead of an expected review of the Feed-in Tariff.

The letter has been signed by individuals and groups such as council leaders, the National Union of Teachers, and the Electrical Contractors Association, along with retail giants’ IKEA, Kingfisher and Hanson Group.

The renewables sector is bracing itself for a review of the Feed-in Tariff following a series of announcements in recent weeks ending funding for the Green Deal and other subsidies.

The Feed in Tariff is the system that enables individuals and communities to install their own renewable power and receive a small payment for each unit of electricity it produces. 

Julia Groves, Chief Executive of Trillion Fund, a crowd-funding platform and one of the signatories to the letter, said: “The Feed-in Tariff puts power into the hands of people and communities, as can be seen from the sheer variety of organisations which have signed this letter. Rather than seek to take that away, the Government should make sure it maintains support as costs continue to fall.”

Leo Murray, Director of Strategy at climate campaign group 10:10 added: “The Government could not have picked a worse time to throw into doubt its commitment to green energy. The UK will not be taken seriously at December’s UN climate talks in Paris if it has done nothing but undermine confidence in our national decarbonisation plans for the last six months. 

“The Feed-in Tariff has been one of the most successful and popular parts of these plans. Maintaining strong growth in local renewables through the Feed-in Tariff would be a clear signal that David Cameron is still serious about tackling climate change.”

The solar PV industry makes up 99% of the installations and 84% of the capacity of Feed-in Tariff projects so far. 

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association, said: “We are looking to the Prime Minister to take control of energy policy after a summer of hugely damaging policy decisions. There was nothing in his manifesto about rolling back solar power which Government's own polling shows is supported by over 80% of the British public.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues