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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a consultation over its plans to allow commercial users to retain their Feed in Tariff (FiT) payments if they move premises.

The move has been designed to help allay anxieties commonly expressed by businesses due to the long project lifetime of a typical commercial PV project. Launching the consultation, Amber Rudd, parliamentary under secretary of state for energy 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 benefiting.”

Rudd continued: “At the moment if a Feed in Tariff accredited installation is moved it becomes ineligible for further support. This can act as a significant deterrent to landlords and tenants who cannot guarantee to have the long-term ownership or lease of a building. Allowing the panels and the tariff to move with their owner will increase flexibility and make Solar PV a much more attractive investment.”

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