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Government support for solar thermal to continue following consultation

15 December 2016

Companies installing solar thermal systems up to 200kW in size on commercial buildings will continue to receive government, it was announced yesterday.

Included in both the commercial and domestic versions of the Renewable Heat Incentive *RHI) scheme, the decision was made after a consultation in March this year.

This revealed that 92% of those responding to the consultation opposed the government's plans to remove it from the RHI.

Solar technology has shifted in favour of PV in the UK, following the government;s launch of the Feed-in Tariff scheme and the increasing availability of cheaper systems from Asia, and China in particular.

Solar Trade Association chief executive Paul Barwell said: "Solar thermal is back, which is great news for businesses and families who want to bring down their energy bills and do their bit to mitigate climate change.

"It is to the new Energy Department's credit that they listened to the very strong arguments we made for retaining solar thermal within the RHI."

The STA said the decision by the government reflects the robust case it put forward in support of solar thermal technology.

It boasts greater installed global capacity than solar PV, according to the STA.

Businesses installing solar thermal will be able to cover their costs within seven years, which would be 21 years without the RHI, the association stated.


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