It’s All Over: Britain Abolishes Subsidies For Solar Thermal

  • Date: 04/03/16
  • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

Families who fit solar panels on their roof to heat water will no longer receive subsidies under plans announced by the government.

About 230,000 households in the UK have fitted solar thermal equipment on their homes which directly heats up water for central heating, baths and showers, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA).

However, a decision to axe all future support under the Renewable Heat Incentive will remove government subsidies for thermal schemes from next year. The announcement follows cuts to a strg of government green energy subsidies.

In 2014 renewable heat from solar and other sources provided 4.8 per cent of the UK’s heating needs, leaving the UK well short of its target of 12 per cent by 2020.

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