A comprehensive review of the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme has been launched as concern grows that large-scale solar farms could soak up money intended for residents, small businesses and communities.
The review will assess all aspects of the scheme, including tariff levels, administration and eligibility of technologies. originally large-scale solar installations weren’t anticipated under the FIT scheme, which could mean people who want to produce their own green electricity missing out.
A study into the uptake of FITs for farm-based Anaerobic Digestion plants is also taking place. To date only two projects have been accredited and it was expected that six would be by now. The study will examine the tariff rates to see if they are enough to make projects worthwhile.
Since beginning last year 21,000 installations have been registered, with solar being the highest number. The total installations have a combined capacity of 76.66MW.