UK mulls allowing relocation of building-mounted solar PV
Rooftop solar panels in UK. Author: Department of Energy and Climate Change. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs Generic
Nov 25, 2014 - The UK government on Tuesday launched a consultation regarding a proposal to enable local businesses to move solar photovoltaic (PV) installations between buildings without losing their feed-in tariff (FiT) contracts.
The state also wants to revise the definition of building-mounted solar under the FiT scheme to require the site to consume over 10% of the produced power, according to a press release. Such installations have already been deployed by about 900 businesses and factories in the UK, but the government would like “to see more generating their own electricity.”
Under existing rules, medium and large building-mounted PV arrays become ineligible for further FiT support when relocated. For many landlords and tenants this makes solar options unattractive as they cannot guarantee their long-term ownership or lease of the building.
The government now plans to remove that barrier. It has launched the consultation until January 5, 2015 in order to collect opinions from solar industry stakeholders and the public.