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UK government proposals to cut its feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87% have shocked the solar industry, which is already reeling from a recent wave of potentially damaging policy proposals, according the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA).
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to cut the feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87%.
Until clean energy is properly valued in the US, legislation-based storage procurement mandates and solar incentives such as the ITC will remain necessary to support low-carbon technologies like solar and solar-plus-storage, a prominent energy storage industry figure has said.
Regulators in Nevada and Colorado have separately issued rulings that will throw a lifeline to the states’ respective solar net metering programmes.
Lobbyists protecting fossil fuel industry interests including the Koch brothers have been criticised openly by Barack Obama this week for “standing in the way of the future” by attempting to hamper the progress of renewables.
An alliance of 100 organisations has written to UK Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to support small-scale renewables ahead of a forthcoming comprehensive review of the country’s feed-in tariff regime.
Rajasthan has approved an order to reduce transmission charges by 50% for open access solar projects in the state.
A senior engineer at Oman’s regulator for water and electricity has recommended the introduction of a feed-in tariff (FiT) programme to foster residential PV deployment in the Sultanate, local reports have said.
Hundreds of pro-solar protestors and representatives from industry and advocacy groups marched on California’s state capital yesterday, intent on defending net metering policies and lobbying for extension of the investment tax credit (ITC).
The UK PV industry is gearing up for a fight over government plans to change the rules governing the country’s solar feed-in tariff.
Vivint Solar has put the brakes on its operations in Nevada following an unsuccessful attempt by campaigners to extend the state’s cap on net metered residential PV installations.
The Spanish Government has put forward a third set of proposals for the Royal Decree on solar self-consumption, which improves on the previous proposals but maintains the key punitive measures, according to a lawyer specialising in trade issues in Spain.
Grid parity for solar at household level may already have been reached, an advocacy group for renewable energy in Japan has said. At the same time, the first nuclear reactor to be fired up in Japan since the Fukushima crisis went online on Tuesday.
Deployment of 1-5MW solar systems in Brazil is forecast to more than triple in 2016, after new net-metering proposals, according to a leading analyst on the Latin America region.
North America-based SkyPower Southeast Asia has won a 50MW solar project in the Indian state of Telangana with another lowest bid at INR5.17/kWh (US$0.0807/kWh).