A solar array installed at Slepe Farm near Poole was opened yesterday, it’s 1,100 ground mounted solar panels enough to provide solar energy for 100 homes. This will be one of the last projects to get the higher rate of the feed in tariff for larger arrays, at the moment at just over 30p per kWh. It is expected that the rates will be cut drastically in October for these sorts of projects.
Feed In Tariff
It’s important to note that the feed in tariff is not set to be reduced significantly for smaller installations, the kind that people can get for their homes. In fact it is because the government wants individuals to be able to make the most use of the feed in tariff that the rate is being reduced for larger arrays.
The most that you can get through the feed in tariff for solar panels for your home is currently 43.3p, and once you are on that rate it will remain the same. Actually, it will increase on a yearly basis so as to keep in line with inflation. However the starting rate for this sort of installation is also set to be reduced in the near future, the reason for that being that the government wants to encourage people to get solar installations as soon as possible.
It is also important that more solar farms are built as well though. That’s because not everyone can afford a solar installation in the first place. For people who can’t afford the installation costs, the only way to be able to use solar energy is going to be through getting it from the larger solar arrays. That way they can purchase the energy in the same way as they do from conventional suppliers.
When the feed in tariff was first introduced, there were a lot of plans in the works from solar energy companies who wanted to make use of it. Some are already up and running, but there is now unlikely to be the “solar rush” that was forecast for Cornwall as the feed in tariff is not going to be anywhere near as high for the larger arrays.
In the end though, this shouldn’t make much difference to the amount of solar energy which is produced due to the introduction of the feed in tariff. It’s a limited fund, as it has to be, so it doesn’t really matter if it’s produced by companies looking to make a profit, or by individuals. Ideally it would be best if it was open to both equally, but if a decision has to be made then it doesn’t really matter which way it goes.
That is, in terms of the amount of solar energy produced, and as regards the benefits to the economy it doesn’t matter. It is obviously more advantageous to individuals that the fund is being made available to them rather than the solar companies.
Solar Energy UK
If you are interested in getting an installation of solar panels for your home, get in touch with Solar Energy UK for a free quote. By using our MCS accredited solar installers you will qualify for the feed in tariff.