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Partial u-turn by UK Government leaves residential solar still attractive

17 December 2015

The UK Government has responded to a national campaign by the Solar Trade Association (STA), with support from organisations ranging from the Church of England to the CBI, which opposed its plans to slash support for renewables. The Department of Energy and Climate Change today announced its final decision on the new Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates for 2016, revealing that FiT levels for homeowners and small businesses have been increased significantly compared to the original proposals (download the full response here).

The cut in domestic tariffs will now be 64% to 4.39p/kWh, instead of the original proposal of cuts of up to 87% to 1.63p/kWh. The current rate is 12p/kWh. The new tariffs will come into force from 8 February, and the deadline for projects to receive the current higher tariffs is now 15 January 2016.

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