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SOLAR INSTALLERS KEEN TO GET IN ON GD FINANCE SCHEME


Following the DECC’s awarding of a £7 million loan to the Green deal Finance Company, many solar companies have come forward to announce their involvement in the scheme.


Nottingham-based solar installer,


EvoEnergy, has announced that it will be joining the not-for-profit organisation to enable the company to expand its offering and deliver the widest possible array of energy efficiency measures for its domestic customers.


Renewable energy installer, BritishEco has also announced that it will be joining the Green Deal Finance Company. Te move follows the company’s involvement as a Green Deal Pioneer Provider and will enable BritishEco to provide finance to customers installing measures covered under the Green Deal. Paul Davies, Partner at PwC, one of the founding companies behind Te Green Deal Finance Company Limited added: “DECC’s support for Te Green Deal Finance Company is fantastic news for the industry.


‘fantastic news for the industry’ Our members, both private and public,


are committed to the Green Deal to lower carbon emissions and address fuel poverty. For the Green Deal Finance Company to access the cheapest sources of finance, we need a strong credit rating and a first rate loans administration capability.


Tis funding will allow us to meet those objectives.”


EVOENERGY LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE ENERGY CONSUMPTION GUIDE


Solar photovoltaic specialist EvoEnergy has launched an interactive Energy Consumption Guide in a bid to help the British public better understand how the UK’s energy consumption has changed since 1970.


‘people should be aware of just how much our energy consumption has increased over recent decades’


Te guide uses figures from the


Department of Energy and Climate Change’s annual Energy Consumption in the UK report. Andrew Burley, Regional Manager at EvoEnergy commented: “Te Energy Consumption Guide is designed to make analysis and education about energy consumption simpler.


Our hope is that everyone in the UK will


now be able to gain a better understanding of how our energy consumption has changed over the last forty years and what


we can learn from it to benefit us in the future.


“Te simple fact is that people should be aware of just how much our energy consumption has increased over recent decades and decide for themselves what needs to be done.


Hopefully it will reinforce our belief that


it’s time for the UK to put more emphasis on sustainable energy sources such as solar panels.”


INDUSTRY ANGRY AT YET MORE CONSULTATION PLANS


Tere was angry reaction from the UK solar industry following the announcement of yet another DECC consultation.


Te Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published its Renewable Obligation (RO) banding rates for 2013 to 2017. Under the new arrangements solar PV will see support remain at 2ROCs until April 2013, pending a separate consultation on what rates should be introduced thereafter. Te department also revealed plans to scrap the RO for all solar systems under 5MW, effectively forcing developers to continue under the less attractive feed-in tariff scheme.


Te Solar Trade Association’s Chief Executive, Paul Barwell, questioned the


move to remove RO support for 5MW solar installations, saying: “We understand that the RO is an inflexible mechanism for a technology as dynamic as solar, but proposing to exclude solar altogether sub 5MW from the RO is not the solution. Unless the FIT budget cap is greatly increased, this will mean unfairly constraining a cost-effective technology. Tis is not in the interests of public value for money so it is a potentially self-defeating proposal.”


‘unfairly constraining a cost- effective technology


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He added: “Te announcement of changes to support levels from April 2013 will delay the implementation of solar projects under the RO. Given the recent upheavals of the UK solar industry under FiTs, it was appropriate for the non-domestic solar sector to be given a period of stability to establish itself. We are keen to work with DECC to ensure that we can safeguard investor confidence, while addressing legitimate issues, as quickly as possible.”


A DECC spokesperson said: “Te consultation will start as soon as possible to enable Government to issue its response and for any legislation to be laid in Parliament before the end of 2012.”


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