On the cuts to solar photovoltaics, the REA
’s Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell said:
“We don’t support this. The logical approach would have been a 25% reduction across the board, irrespective of size. This is on account of panel costs falling significantly, a phenomenon expected to continue so that PV should need no subsidy before the end of the decade.
“We think Government should increase the size of the Feed-in Tariff budget and encourage a healthy PV industry to establish in the UK. But to be fair to the electricity consumer, Government must be prepared to intervene to reduce tariffs when justified, and the industry must accept this needs to happen.
“The handling of this whole affair has been poor. Larger-scale PV
has been demonised, when it is the most cost-effective approach. Midway through this decade we’re expecting its cost to be on a par with offshore wind.”
On new tariffs for small-scale anaerobic digestion, Gaynor Hartnell said:
“At a time when other technologies are being cut back, these modest increases are welcome. On-farm AD brings a wide range of environmental and waste management benefits and we are glad to see these being recognised.
“We look to the forthcoming anaerobic digestion strategy and the Renewable Heat Incentive to complete the picture so that the sector can take off in the coming 12 months.”