Renewable Energy

Solar farms will need subsidies until 2028, admit industry chiefs

The Solar Trade Association has admitted that solar farms will be reliant on subsidies for up to another 14 years, despite claiming just last month that it was developing plans "showing how to provide stable policy to deliver subsidy-free solar power at all scales and applications by 2020". The trade body's fresh analysis said it now sees solar farms as being ?subsidy-free between 2025 and 2028?. The difference was attributed in part to the Government recently revising down its estimate of future wholesale electricity prices, meaning solar will remain relatively more expensive for longer. Paul Barwell, the STA chief executive yesterday insisted: "We just need one final push from Government to get solar to being subsidy-free?, but his pleas are likely to be rebuffed as ministers announced earlier this year they would end the current subsidy scheme for large-scale solar farms in April 2015, two years earlier than expected, in order to shift the focus for new solar projects away from the countryside and on to commercial rooftops.


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