UPDATE 1/9/15: The NFU has now responded to this DECC consultation. Members can read our submission here (you'll need to log-in).
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is consulting on the early closure of the Renewables Obligation to new solar projects up to 5 MW capacity, to apply from April 2016.
While we respect the government's case, the NFU does not believe this is justified by the very modest cost of solar deployment under the RO (compared with the cost of other technologies under the RO, or solar under other support schemes).
In particular, we disagree with removing RO support from large rooftop schemes, which the government has made a policy priority, given the more modest support available from Feed-in Tariffs and the present uncertainty on the future of FITs.
The proposed end to 'grandfathered' guaranteed support rates from 22nd July is tantamount to a retrospective change in support for projects with significant sunk costs, and it will increase the cost of finance.
This six-week consultation closes on 2nd September. Read the government's consultation document here (opens in a new window).
Please download and read our draft response below, and send any comments or suggestions to am9uYXRoYW4uc2N1cmxvY2tAbmZ1Lm9yZy51aw== before 28th August.