Charlotte Shields considers the broader implications of the government’s plans.
The government report released on 27th August promises to deal a heavy blow to the current feed-in tariff system which has been credited for the impressive and growing uptake of domestic solar panel installations. As a result, households’ income generation from solar panels fuelled by government support will fall by 87%, reducing to zero by 2019. All of which starkly contrasts the vision of the energy minister, Amber Rudd, for a ‘solar revolution’.
Of course any report detailing such significant financial cuts is indicative of a certain level of cynicism of the technology. And in a time when investment in renewables is of increasingly pressing importance, these plans appear a very long-legged step in the wrong direction. Reading it as a killer blow to the government’s interest in responsible energy generation and climate change, however, is something I take issue with.
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