Government Deals Killer blow to the future of Solar Energy in Britain
The shocking announcement last week that the Department for Energy and Climate Change is considering slashing subsidies for solar energy by 87% left solar energy suppliers in Burnley and across the country, reeling. This means that access to this clean green energy will be severely restricted and in fact the Government has admitted that the cut to the feed in tariff that they are advocating, would mean 958,000 houses, schools and community facilities will be unable to afford to install solar panels. In addition to this the British public will be denied access to this clean, green energy. In addition the industry currently employs 40,000 people in Britain and inevitably cuts of this magnitude will put many of these jobs in jeopardy. This proposal has come without prior warning leaving the industry no time to plan for a reduction of this magnitude. Last year the Government subsidised coal, gas and oil companies to the tune of £28 billion whilst renewable energies received only £3.6 billion.
Julie Cooper MP for Burnley said: “This proposal makes no sense whatsoever. There is no doubt that the world will need alternative energy sources to satisfy future domestic and commercial use. Britain should be looking to be world leaders in the extended development of solar energy. Instead while every other advanced country and indeed some developing countries are investing heavily in its development the British Government seems intent upon wrecking the industry and at the same time depriving British people of the chance to use clean, green energy at an affordable price. Prior to the General Election the Conservative Minister for Energy promised a commitment to green energy and in fact bragged of ` a solar revolution` and made claim to be the `Greenest Government ever` Unfortunately they have broken their promises by, first reducing support for wind energy and now slashing support for solar energy. These actions make no long term financial sense and are in total contrast to the Government’s support for fossil fuels and controversial fracking developments. This proposal is a short sighted, backward step and of course makes a total mockery of the international commitments to reduce carbon emissions.