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Microgeneration pioneers continue their fight for equal feed-in tariff

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 4 May 2011 at 10:35 am

While DECC is said to be discussing compensation of up to £3m for solar entrepreneurs set to lose out from the recently announced fast track review of feed-in tariffs for large scale installations, the early adopters of domestic scale solar and wind power are still struggling to be heard.

Representatives of the Campaign for Fairness for Microgenerators recently met with Mark Tami MP and Ian Lucas MP to persuade them to argue their case. They are calling for information of any documented examples where a minister or MP talked about feed-in tariffs with a mention of fairness for pioneers. You can leave a comment on this blog, or send it via the microgenerators website.

A recent survey of members of the campaign found that 90% had received a grant for their installation. Of those, 60% would consider giving back some or all of the grant to get the full feed-in tariff. 

The vast majority would keep their solar panels / wind turbine if the campaign fails, although a quarter would consider selling the panels if their inverter fails. 86% thought the government's reputation had been damaged by its u-turn on its promise to give equal feed-in tariff to early adopters.


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Marath0nmanComment left on: 27 May 2011 at 12:29 pm

Mr. Alistair Carmichael's Early Day Motion 953?

"That this House notes the pioneering contribution that those households and businesses which have installed micro-generation capacity have made in driving forward the UK's development of its own feed-in-tariff policy; further notes that under the Government's Clean Energy Cash-Back scheme new feed-in-tariff payment rates of up to 41.3 pence per kilowatt hour will only apply to new generators which installed their technology after 15 July 2009 and that those businesses and homes which installed their technology before 15 July 2009 will only receive nine pence per kilowatt hour; calls on the Government to recognise the innovation and dynamism of those people who, in breaking new ground in this area, have
helped it deliver the Clean Energy Cash-Back scheme; and further calls on the Government to reward those people at the same level as those installing micro-generation capacity for the first time after 1 April 2010."

I am aware that as of march 2010 88 MPs had signed this EDM

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