STA calls on Rudd to back solar

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the Energy Secretary to back the British solar industry following the Paris climate change agreement.

A final decision on Government plans to cut the Feed-in Tariff for solar and other renewables is widely expected to come later this week and the STA is concerned that this will be too soon to reflect the international commitments made last weekend.

The STA also fears the proposals to reduce support for solar to just £7 million over the next 3 years will decimate the British industry. 

“The critical importance of solar power in tackling climate change came up time and time again at the Paris conference,” said the STA’s Head of External Affairs, Leonie Greene.

“Has the British Government now realised the value of backing its superb domestic solar industry within an International Solar Alliance expected to mobilise $1trillion of investment in solar power?”

“Amber Rudd herself has been citing solar power as an example of a technology that can rapidly drop in cost, but that depends on a mass market and effective national policies. 

“Now that Amber Rudd and her team are back in London, the next thing they have to do is decide on Feed-in Tariffs for solar. Will they go ahead with their proposed extreme cut of up to 87% or will they choose a more gradual, tapered reduction in support consistent with the actual fall in the costs of installed solar?”

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