The feed-in tariff is still alive & paying out - so why do so many people believe it's finished?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 25 April 2012 at 11:42 am
The phones have stopped ringing for many solar PV companies, and my totally unscientific research indicates that the constant changes and media coverage of it are to blame for a widespread belief that the feed-in tariff is no longer available for solar PV.
This couldn't be further from the truth. Read yesterday's blog post to find out that while returns don't quite meet the highs of the goldrush at the the end of last year, there are still excellent returns to be made: they are way higher the government's target - and way higher than you'll get from the bank.
So what is the word on the street? Yesterday I was speaking to someone who had been planning to install solar PV on his house in earlier this year. The various legal challenges led to it being on, then off, on, off - and he gave up. Until we spoke he thought that the feed-in tariff had ended on 1 April.
I also spoke to an installer earlier this week, whose mother-in-law - an educated woman working in the media - was convinced that it had ended. And this is despite having a specialist in the family.
Another installer was exhibiting at an event I attended last week. It was full of green activists. Yet they too thought that the feed-in tariff had ended.
The challenge now is to debunk the myth and let people know that the feed-in tariff is still open for business; still generous (until the end of June, when the rate of return will reduce); that prices are lower than they have ever been; and installers are waiting for their phones to ring.
So now is the time to check out your local YouGen members, see what their previous customers have to say about them, and give three of them a ring and invite them round to survey your property and give you a quote. Just click here to get started.
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