An urgent campaign has been launched in the wake of the Government’s decision to call a review on the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme.
The Government announced a review of the FiT scheme two weeks ago, amid concerns that too much of the funding was being taken up by commercial operations.
Now a solar farm developer has launched a campaign – Power to Society – to enable the public and landowners to register their support for solar energy, and to write to their MP urging a rethink over the review.
Low Carbon Solar fears the review could spell the end for ‘community scale schemes’, which could provide green energy for tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
Mark Shorrock, CEO of Low Carbon Solar and the driving force behind Power to Society, said: “In pulling back on a commitment to support solar energy, the Government will cause the abandonment of scores of ‘Big Society’ community-owned schemes and hundreds of other developments that could have seen individual parishes benefit from up to £25k every year and more local jobs created.
“The ill-conceived and dangerously short-sighted proposals will have further unintended consequence, including the Government missing a European target of generating 30% of electricity from renewables by 2020, and therefore incurring significant fines. We urge people to support the case for solar and sign up to Power to Society now.”