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94% Drop in New Solar Panel Installations After Subsidies Slashed

  • Publish Date: Posted about 5 years ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

The government has been accused by the Labour Party of taking steps to 'actively dismantle' Britain's solar energy industry by ending subsidy schemes.

Experts agree that the winding-up of these incentive schemes will lead to job losses in the country's green energy sector. New household installations dropped by a whopping 94% in May.

The shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, challenged the PM on the government's commitment to climate action after subsidies for domestic PV installations were ended from April.

She said that the clean energy was proven to slash carbon emissions and to cut household bills whilst supporting thousands of skilled jobs. She added that the government still seemed to be in support of fracking whilst actively 'killing off' the UK's solar industry.

The solar power feed-in tariffs had led to over 800,000 domestic solar PV installations to generate clean energy. The conclusion of the scheme was anticipated after subsidies were slowly lowered in the past few years.

Green groups and renewable energy developers had hoped that the government would then replace the earlier subsidy scheme with a comparable incentive system to avoid any damage to the country's growing renewable energy sector.

Officials have said that new installations will be expected to donate unused solar power to energy firms without receiving any payment in return - at least until a new scheme is implemented. A government spokesperson said that details of a proposed new scheme will be shared in the coming days.

New solar capacity dropped to just 5MW in May, from 79MW in March. With this slowdown in place, the plans to create a zero-carbon economy in the UK by 2045 seem increasingly unrealistic.

A government minister said that there were already 400,000 clean energy jobs in the UK.