Solar Panels Projects Are Under Threat

by Klaus on June 9, 2011

in Articles, Green Tech, Guest Posts

Solar Panel projects are being slashed according to government sources today, with government ministers stating that the commercial solar farms are benefitting from feed in traffics.

The government have also stated that they will be looking to take off in the region of £40million pounds from the yearly budgets or 10% from any projected costs of a solar panels / power / green scheme.

With this in mind, it will have a major effect on the future of the growth of green solutions.

Mr Barker said: “I want to drive an ambitious rollout of new green energy technologies in homes, communities and small businesses and the FIT scheme has a vital part to play in building a more decentralised energy economy.

“We have carefully considered the evidence that has been presented as part of the consultation and this has reinforced my conviction of the need to make changes as a matter of urgency.

“Without action the scheme would be overwhelmed.”

“The new tariffs will ensure a sustained growth path for the solar industry while protecting the money for householders, small businesses and communities and will also further encourage the uptake of green electricity from anaerobic digestion.”

Friends of the earth campaigner, Donna Hume commented: “This consultation has been an utter farce – Ministers have completely ignored warnings from community groups and investors about the devastating impact of slashing payments.”

“With mounting concern about the rising price of fossil fuels and the impact of global climate change the Government should be increasing financial support for clean, green energy – not cutting it.”

“Germany has given proper funding to its solar industry and consequently its fuel bills there are falling – but the UK  is saddled with shrinking green ambition and soaring fuel bills.”

“Our schools, businesses and housing estates could become mini-power stations so we all play our part in the renewable energy revolution – but yet again the Treasury has stamped on the green shoots of a low-carbon future.”

What do you make of the funding cut? Were you thinking about installing solar panels into your home or business?

What effect will this have on green businesses such as Ploughcroft Solar?


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darcy June 10, 2011 at 17:09

Somehow I am not surprised to hear that this has been cut, that means that the industry would not line their pockets.

Delena Silverfox June 10, 2011 at 23:54

This is just one of the tragedies of money, government, and the environment. No matter what, so far what history has shown us, the environment loses every time in the long run.


trudy June 11, 2011 at 22:53

Yet we have enough money to bail out other countries…geez, when will the madness stop?

RonLeyba June 13, 2011 at 07:43

I think its all about money matters. I mean, the concerned organization or the government won’t benefit from it so they have to cut it right?

Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate June 14, 2011 at 02:24

Which “government” are we referring to in this article?

Pamela Egan June 20, 2011 at 23:36

It is unfortunate that these projects may never see it through to completion. I’m all for solar energy and renewable energy in general.

I have one question though. I’m guessing based on the currency denominator that the government referenced in the post is the UK government? I’m based in the US, so forgive me if I’m not up-to-speed on developments in the UK, or wherever this story originates from.

John June 22, 2011 at 17:40

It is sad to hear that. I believe solar energy has future and as the technology improves it will be even better for households. Mind you not very good news for energy suppliers profits!

Keimgerät November 24, 2011 at 12:39

Really sad to hear that. I hoped solar energy will become “the” technology for future generations.


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