Solar Grants Crisis

Low Carbon Building Programme Phase II

Last month, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced it was closing the £50m second phase of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP), aimed at public sector buildings, to new applicants from June 2009.

It has now told renewables lobbyists that the proposed introduction of feed-in tariffs, an alternative incentive for micro-renewables that involves paying above market price to those who generate renewable energy, will not be introduced until April 2010.

The grant matches funding, essentially giving 50% off the installation. With renewable energy still a fledling industry in the UK, without the scale of the rest of Europe much of the industry is reliant upon the grants offered by the Low Carbon Building Programme. With the funding withdrawn the government might face embarrassing redundancies in the same green sector it promised to invest in as part of their Roosevelt style intervention.

Of the original pot of £50m over £20m is still left, so the government wouldn”t even have to allocate new resources.

Low Carbon Building Programme Phase II

Last month, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced it was closing the £50m second phase of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP), aimed at public sector buildings, to new applicants from June 2009.

It has now told renewables lobbyists that the proposed introduction of feed-in tariffs, an alternative incentive for micro-renewables that involves paying above market price to those who generate renewable energy, will not be introduced until April 2010.

The grant matches funding, essentially giving 50% off the installation. With renewable energy still a fledling industry in the UK, without the scale of the rest of Europe much of the industry is reliant upon the grants offered by the Low Carbon Building Programme. With the funding withdrawn the government might face embarrassing redundancies in the same green sector it promised to invest in as part of their Roosevelt style intervention.

Of the original pot of £50m over £20m is still left, so the government wouldn”t even have to allocate new resources.