Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate, allowing them to continue to reap the benefits of lower energy bills, under new changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT).
From summer 2019 medium and large building-mounted solar PV systems will be allowed to be moved between buildings without the loss of FiT payments.
Previously, if a FiT accredited installation was moved it became ineligible for further support. Now, landlords and tenants who cannot guarantee having long-term ownership or lease of a building can move their solar PV and keep their tariff. This change will increase flexibility and make solar PV a much more attractive investment for businesses.
Announcing the changes, Minister for Energy & Climate Change Amber Rudd said: “Solar PV is already used by thousands of businesses and by removing barriers more will be able to reap the benefits of lower energy bills.
“People have the power to generate their own electricity and now there is even more of an incentive. Not only will rooftop solar drive down bills and create jobs, it will help us deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs.”
The UK has around 250,000 hectares of south facing commercial rooftops - the equivalent of 350,000 football pitches - so there is huge potential to turn more of our buildings into power stations.
Solar increasingly offers efficient and cost effective onsite generation opportunities to both businesses and domestic consumers. More deployment of solar PV will help cut energy bills, reduce pressure on the national grid and create jobs.
The definition of building-mounted solar under the FiT will also be amended to require the building to use at least 10% of the electricity generated. Further changes will mean transfers will now be allowed four years after the legislation comes into force and from then on at any point during the FiT payment period. Installations will not be required to remain the same size.
The government response to the consultation has been published.