Home­own­ers set if en­ergy scheme

Warwickshire Telegraph - - WORLD - By JOHN CARLON

THOU­SANDS of house­holds in Coven­try have ben­e­fited from a soon-to-be scrapped green en­ergy scheme, fig­ures show.

House­holds with green en­ergy gen­er­a­tors such as so­lar pan­els or wind tur­bines are cur­rently able to earn money for the elec­tric­ity they pro­duce.

But the Govern­ment plans to close the scheme, known as the feed-in tar­iff, from next March.

Cam­paign­ers warn the move will make green en­ergy less at­trac­tive and could lead to a drop in in­stal­la­tions cost­ing jobs in the sec­tor.

Fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy show 2,297 house­holds in Coven­try had signed up to the scheme as of Septem­ber.

This equates to a rate of 157 in­stal­la­tions per 10,000 house­holds.

Al­most all of the in­stal­la­tions were so­lar pan­els. Frank Gor­don, head of pol­icy at the Re­new­able En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion, said the planned change would be “very dam­ag­ing” for the re­new­ables in­dus­try.

“Our mem­bers are very con­cerned,” he said.

“There are thou­sands of smallscale in­stall­ers, 40 per cent of whom say they could exit the so­lar in­stal­la­tion mar­ket.

“That could mean 6,000 job losses for the sec­tor if the Govern­ment fol­lows through with this.”

Par­tic­i­pants in the feed-in tar­iff scheme – which was in­tro­duced in 2010 – are paid both a ‘gen­er­a­tion tar­iff’ and an ‘ex­port tar­iff.’

This means they earn money for the elec­tric­ity they gen­er­ate for them­selves and for the ex­cess en­ergy they ex­port onto the grid for oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the REA, house­holds could ex­pect to save be­tween £100 to £200 a year on their en­ergy bills and re­ceive around £100 per year from the two

News Re­porter john.carlon@reach­plc.comFrank Gor­don

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