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Britain's Cancellation Of Small-scale Solar Power Subsidy Program Is Opposed By The Whole Industry
- Sep 06, 2018 -

According to a new survey, the UK government's plan to cancel a small-scale renewable energy generation subsidy program will lead to widespread unemployment.


More than 40% of the 140 companies that responded to the survey through the Renewable Energy Consumer Law (RECC) said they were considering whether to continue doing business in the UK. About 78% of respondents said they need to consider employee levels and risk losing thousands of people. More specifically, half of the respondents said they would cut more than 75% of the workforce.


In the annual publication REView 2018, the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA) said that the UK PV industry employs more than 10,000 people, with a significant proportion of the installation sector. In a notice released on Monday, REA's RECC department said that the previous tax rate reform resulted in the loss of about 9,000 jobs.


The British government has proposed to terminate the tax subsidy program for small-scale solar photovoltaic power generation until the industry responded yesterday. Last week, REA submitted a response stating that the tax rate subsidy program must continue to be implemented after March 31. The association also recommends new target tax incentives, such as introducing a 0% VAT for on-site renewable energy to preserve deployment.


Nina Skorupska, CEO of REA, said: "It is becoming more and more obvious that the subsidy policy for small-scale renewable energy feed-in tariffs will be eliminated without any alternative measures. The government is endangering the work of thousands of people. It is a logical fair measure to compensate for the energy generated by the project and then send it to the grid for others to use.


Similarly, the British Solar Trading Association (STA) issued a response in the form of an open letter signed by more than 200 organizations throughout the industry. The answer is also strongly opposed to the government's proposal.


STA CEO Chris Hewett said: "The government's latest solar proposal is creating far more impact than the solar industry can bear. No one can understand how the government thinks, we ask the energy minister to act quickly and promise to maintain the export tax rate, Maintain the basic rights of the market."


James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said he was surprised by the UK's policy of proposing such a move as Europe is heading in the opposite direction.