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Solar Next In Line For Subsidy Cuts

July 22, 2015

By Paul Homewood 



h/t Mark Hodgson 




The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is consulting on plans that would see subsidies for some new solar farms close by 2016.

The government says the move is necessary to protect consumers.

The solar industry said subsidies were one of the cheapest ways that the government could meet its climate change targets.

Under the government’s plans, so called "small scale" solar farms will no longer qualify for support under a key subsidy mechanism – the renewables obligation – from April next year.

New projects that receive the subsidy may also see the level cut.


Naturally the solar industry are whining:


Jonathan Selwyn, a board member of the Solar Trade Association, told the BBC that the subsidy cut would "have a very large impact" on the industry.

Mr Selwyn called for "a level playing field" for solar in relation to nuclear energy and fracking, in terms of subsidies and planning regulations.


I think that the fracking industry, which receives no subsidy at all, would be highly delighted!

  1. July 22, 2015 10:40 am

    If the costs were not levelised, the solar would effectively be far more subsidised compared to nuclear.

    • Keitho permalink
      July 22, 2015 10:50 am

      On a per kW/hr delivered basis the renewables subsidies are more than nuclear, and that’s for crap electricity at that.

      • Joe Public permalink
        July 22, 2015 11:19 am

        Look on the bright side, Keitho. Solar receives no FIT during the night.

      • AndyG55 permalink
        July 22, 2015 12:01 pm

        Whereas wind gets a FIT when there’s no wind…. or too much wind..

        Good luck next winter, you guys from the UK !!

  2. Eric Hutchinson permalink
    July 22, 2015 11:11 am

    On today’s Radio 4 interview on this morning the BBC showed typical bias by siding immediately with the solar industry. The energy minister was put under outrageous pressure and the “debate” was very one sided.

  3. July 22, 2015 11:59 am

    ” New projects that receive the subsidy may also see the level cut. ”
    ……… so presumably existing projects will continue to recieve the same subsidy?

  4. AndyG55 permalink
    July 22, 2015 12:48 pm

    Its so hilarious.. we get drones coming and telling us just how efficient and cheap solar and wind are… and that they are cost effective against real energy supplies….

    but remove the subsidies…

    … and they collapse in a screaming, whining mess

    roflmao !!!

  5. Mark Hodgson permalink
    July 22, 2015 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the article, Paul. Here’s the latest ramping up ahead of propaganda from the BBC (it seems we’re going to get at least one scare story a day between now and the Paris jamboree):

    Despite containing sections which say things like “Some birds are also set to thrive including the avocet and the little egret. Some are already doing so, including the Dartford warbler which was reduced to just a few pairs in the 1960s. It recovered and has moved across England in recent years, thanks to a changing climate” the headline is “Growing threat to England’s curlews from climate change”.

    Keep’em coming BBC, let’s continue to see your complete and utter lack of journalistic integrity. Anyone would think they want the Government to scrap the TV licence!

  6. A C Osborn permalink
    July 22, 2015 2:34 pm

    And this is the affect that the cut in subsidies is having.

    80% reduction in Project Applications, which just proves they are in it for the trough of cash, nothing to do with being “green”.

  7. catweazle666 permalink
    July 22, 2015 11:52 pm

    I don’t understand!

    The Warmists keep insisting that unreliables renewables have achieved and even undercut the price of fossil fuels.

    So how come they are still dependent on subsidies?

    Surely the advocates aren’t telling porky pies?

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