Feb 1, 2010

Feed-in-Tariff System for Britain

According to Reuters, Britain plans to expand its feed-in tariff system for small renewable power generation, such as solar panels and small wind turbines, to include the world's first incentive scheme for renewable heat.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Monday the scheme for renewable heat would start in April 2011 following the introduction of feed-in tariffs for small power generation in April this year.

"They (the schemes) should see a real growth in the UK in the renewable sector," said Andrew Lee, managing director of Sharp Corp's solar unit in Britain.

"Previously the UK lagged behind the rest of Europe," he said, adding only about 1 percent of about 5,000 solar panels Sharp makes each day in Wales were installed in the country.

DECC calculated small scale renewable installations could meet 2 percent of UK electricity demand in 2020, helping raise the green power's total share in the country's overall generation to about 30 percent from 5.5 percent at present.

Britain's small wind sector has already been booming in the run-up to the scheme's introduction, with many rural homes, farms and small businesses putting up turbines in yards to counter higher energy prices and blackouts.

Householders and communities that install low carbon electricity technology such as solar photovoltaic (pv) panels and wind turbines up to 5 megawatts will be paid for the electricity they generate, even if they use it themselves.

They will get a further payment for electricity they feed into the grid. The scheme will also apply to installations commissioned since July 2008 when the policy was announced.

Source: Reuters
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