Govern­ment plans hit so­lar hopes

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

SO­LAR panel ex­perts are warn­ing that nine out 10 house­hold­ers may not be el­i­gi­ble for Govern­ment green in­cen­tives come April.

The Feed in Tar­iff scheme in­tro­duced by the last govern­ment, where home­own­ers are paid for gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity, has been pop­u­lar, earn­ing house­hold­ers up to a 15 per cent re­turn on their in­vest­ment.

The Govern­ment is propos­ing that only houses with an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency rat­ing of C or above will be el­i­gi­ble for the scheme, and this will come into ef­fect in April next year.

Peter Bladen, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of so­lar panel firm BSOLAR, says: “Much of our build­ing stock is older prop­er­ties, which won’t reach the ef­fi­ciency C rat­ing.”

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