THURSDAY 19 MARCH, 2009 |
UK Government Ends Solar Power Funding
In yet another case of governments underestimating the willingness of citizens
to install solar power systems, the UK government has ended a controversial
program well ahead of time.
As has been the case in in Spain
in relation to gross
feed in tariff
systems, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
has found that applications for grid
connected solar power
projects on public buildings has far exceeded their
Half of the £50m funding set aside for the low-carbon buildings program been
used up by solar projects within just a few months.
Seen by many as
a token effort
from the UK government, the program was also meant to
encourage the uptake of other renewable energy sources and carbon reduction
initiatives. Critics believe that the other half of the funding will sit
mostly unused and should therefore be accessible to solar power projects, and
any funding from failed projects should be returned to the pool to and also made
Solar industry supporters have also said that the ending of the funding will see
the local solar sector experience a gap in government support for over a year,
which flies in the face of Gordon Brown's plans of of creating 400,000 green jobs
to boost the economy and combat climate change.
Funding instability for the industry will also discourage investment, leading
some to accuse officials of retarding progress towards a low-carbon economy for
the UK by remaining too sympathetic to fossil fuel companies.
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