You are no doubt looking at the TWOS web site because you want to fit solar PV panels on your roof. Your motives may be to reduce the the cost of your electricity; to move away form the big 6 energy suppliers cartel; to introduce localism into your energy mix in the same way you can grow foods in your garden; to help reduce your carbon footprint; or any other reason. We support your aims! Our Gov’t via DECC and the Urban Community Energy Fund, to whom we are very grateful, has grant funded TWOS and this web site. Indeed UCEF worked very hard in support of our grant application – thanks!
However – you may have heard of our Government’s recent stance on renewables – this from recent news:
The government wants to slash by 87% subsidies for householders who install solar panels on their rooftops, in a move that renewable energy experts warn could kill off a promising industry.
The potential reductions in the level of feed-in tariff (FIT), contained in a long-awaited consultation document released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (Decc), and are far larger than expected.
The assault on solar power comes after ministerial decisions to remove financial aid from new onshore wind farms and slash home energy efficiency measures. There is even speculation that Decc could be wound up as a standalone department.
From 1 January, ministers are proposing reducing the feed-in tariff for smaller scale solar installations from 12.47p per kilowatt hour to 1.63p with large standalone units eligible for subsidies of 1.03p per kWh, compared with 4.28p today.
Many renewables businesses, in solar as well as other renewables may go out of business – is that the plan? The big 6 certainly do not want power generation to be taken out of their monopoly hands – is that the reason? The Government see renewables as a threat to their preferred nuclear future – is that the justification? The Government wish to keep the cost of energy high to you and I as a form of taxation – is that it? There is a danger of an overspend of the support mechanisms over 6 years of £4.9bn – about £800m a year – is that it?
Of course Osborne just threw £550 million at Faslane to support a nuclear weapon we don’t need and can’t ever use.
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd said “We can’t have a situation where industry has a blank check, and that check is paid for by people’s bills,” Rudd said Wednesday on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program – in fact it is the industry that gets the subsidies! The cost of Hinckley C (for a French company to build it) is £16 billion and will require at least £17 billion in subsidies! thats £33,000,000,000.
From a European perspective we, and she, are a laughing stock. Please write to your MP and protest in the strongest terms against this stupidity!