The government of the United Kingdom announced today that they
are launching a review of their current Feed in Tariffs (FITs)
program. This review comes less than a year after the launch of the
FITs program and follows concerns that commercial-scale solar farms
are accessing money that was meant to help homes, communities and
small businesses generate their own electricity. The FITs program
is restricted to projects of 5 MWs or less and was intended to
encourage small scale installations with price tariffs for projects
as small as 1.5kW. Into its first year, already more than 21,000
installations have been registered under the FITs program, with the
majority being domestic solar photovoltaic installations. The total
installations under the FIT program have a combined capacity of
The review is also part of the UK government's commitment to
reduce the costs of FITs in 2014-2015 by 10%. Initially, FITs was
scheduled for a review to commence in 2012 but the concern over
large-scale solar farms and the need to give industry added
certainty to invest prompted the government to begin the review
early. The review is expected to be completed by the end of the
year and tariffs are expected to remain unchanged until April 2012.
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information on the review and the FITs program.
The UK government's response is similar in principal to that
of the Ontario Power Authority's announcement last week for commercial aggregators under
the microFIT program. Governments appear to be increasingly aware
of the commercial incentives to small-scale renewable generation
projects when done in large numbers and are attempting to create
programs that balance the overall goals of a Feed in Tariff system
with commercial realities.
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