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New rules will allow businesses to keep solar panels when relocating

The Government has opened consultation on plans to allow businesses to take their solar panels with them when relocating, in an attempt to increase solar PV installations on corporate tenant rooftops.

The Government has opened consultation on plans to allow businesses to take their solar panels with them when relocating, in an attempt to increase solar PV installations on rooftops.

The proposed move will lift restrictions on the feed-in tariff (FiT) incentive scheme which prevents business tenants from being able to take their rooftop solar panels with them if they relocate.

Currently, if a FiT-accredited installation is moved, it becomes ineligible for further payments. 

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) hopes that removing this barrier will increase the attractiveness of medium and large-sized solar PV arrays to corporate tenants and landlords and boost installations by up to 10 per cent over 2015. 

‘Significant potential’

Energy and climate change minister, Amber Rudd, said: “Around 900 businesses already use solar PV, but I want to see more generating their own electricity.

“There’s potential for significant growth in this area so it’s vital that we remove the barriers which prevent businesses from benefitting. If there’s more rooftop solar we’ll see job creation as well as helping us deliver clean, reliable energy supplies.”

The move forms part of the Government’s wider shift in focus from ground-mounted solar farms to commercial rooftop arrays, as part of its Solar Strategy.

Falling costs

The news comes as new data from the Solar Trade Association (STA) suggests that generating electricity from solar PV could be cheaper than burning gas by as early as 2018, and will be cheaper than wholesale electricity prices by the mid-2020s, as long as the Government provides stable policy support.