Solar subsidies might be next on the DECC chopping block. Amber Rudd, secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has warned that the government is “looking carefully” at the payments.
Speaking to Solar Power Portal at the official opening of the second phase of Ketton Solar Farm’s 13MW project, Rudd said: “There has been a lot of subsidy in this area – a lot.
“More than people anticipated when the feed-in tariffs and the renewable obligation were set up and we have to find ways of supporting solar that doesn’t involve subsidy.”
This comes just a month after DECC announced it will scrap subsidies for new onshore wind projects from 1 April 2016. But it also follows Rudd’s post-election statement that she hopes to “unleash a solar revolution” across Britain to encourage homeowners to install panels on their roofs.