The NFU will be responding to DECC consultation on cutting solar energy tariffs before the December 23 due date. Many NFU members have already been in touch to make their views known, or to highlight the difficulties this is making for their investment plans
By clicking on the related documents at the top of this page (or the links at the bottom), you can download our draft guide and an initial version of our response to this consultation, as well as a template letter if you wish to contact your MP. This is just an outline - NFU members are encouraged to write in their own words to their MPs, who will be most likely to act on a letter if it contains the particular details of a constituent’s own experience.
Don't just express your displeasure with the government - suggest constructive solutions such as a reasonable extension to the December 12 'eligibility date' deadline.
As well as reducing most of the solar FiT rates by more than 50% and bringing the deadline forward from April 1 to mid-December, the consultation proposes that multi-site installations will receive an additional 20% reduction.
Furthermore, new solar installations in the UK will be eligible only for domestic properties with an energy efficiency rating of 'C' or better – a measure that is thought to exclude up to two-thirds of Britain’s present housing stock. Details of how to apply this to non-domestic properties have yet to be worked out.
Linking FiTs to energy efficiency may be good idea in principle, but the NFU has concerns about how this is going to work out equitably without creating disincentives or perverse outcomes.
Read our briefing on the proposals here.
Visit the DECC consultation page here.
Download our template letter here.