CLA urges Government to support all small-scale renewables
The CLA today (24 May) welcomed new Government support for the solar industry but urged the Government to provide certainty for small-scale installers of all renewable technologies.
The Association said that while Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed his commitment to solar power and announced a one month delay to the cut in payment for the solar Feed-in Tariff (FIT), the Government must support other renewables such as small-scale wind turbines, hydro, anaerobic digestion and biomass.
CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "Despite the disappointing cut to the FIT from 21p/kWh to 16p/kWh and the five year reduction to the period during which payments will be made, extra support for solar power at this time is very welcome. It is essential the Government does all it can to create investor certainty and the CLA has been pressing for increased confidence for some months.
"However, there are other renewable technologies that also deserve Government backing such as small-scale wind turbines, hydro, anaerobic digestion and biomass. The FIT is important but a less burdensome and more efficient planning system is needed if the UK is to meet the target of generating 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020."
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Christopher Price is the Director Policy and Advice at the CLA. He has overall responsibility for managing all the CLA's national policy and advisory work. He makes sure that the organisation's policy work is focused on what matters most, and that members' queries are dealt with accurately and efficiently. A planning and environmental lawyer by background, he joined the CLA as public law adviser in 2002. He became Chief Legal Advisor in 2007 and took up his current post a year later. Before coming to the CLA Christopher worked in local government for a number of different authorities.
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