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Act fast if you want solar

If you’ve been thinking about installing solar panels on your property, act fast – because you only have until December 12th 2012 to get the system up and running to take advantage of the current government subsidy.

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Time is runnning out

The UK government has announced that it is halving the FiT (Feed-in Tariff) payments for domestic solar installations commissioned (that is, in working order) after December 12th 2011. If you can get your panels working before then, you get the current rate of subsidy for 25 years. If not, you’ll get the reduced rate.

After the official announcement later this week there’s bound to be a panic to book installations – but if you act quickly and call in a few favours, you might just beat the rush. If you know anyone who’s been thinking about solar, please let them know!

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4 Responses to “Act fast if you want solar”

  1. TommyBoi says:

    I am ashamed of you. Who do you think pays for this overly generous feed in tariff? Taxpayers. And who cannot take advantage, those who do not own their own homes, or do own a home and it is a flat or is just too small. And who is over represented in those taking the tarrif? The rich owners of larger homes. Just another tax on the poor. Shame on you for pushing this scheme.

    • Andy McKee says:

      Thanks for your input. A perfectly valid point of view, but I seriously doubt that struggling smallholders or social housing schemes (which are the biggest losers) would agree with you. We’re not ‘pushing’ this scheme – Farm In My Pocket’s job is to provide information to our readers, and that’s what we’re doing. I should mention, for clarity, that we make no money from solar.

  2. Dave Partington says:

    Thanks for that – had the survey done in the spring but never pressed the ‘go’button cos saving pennies to keep the loan as small as poss. All sorted now, December 5th installation. Phew!

  3. Mark Gatter says:

    Given climate change, the transition from fossil fuels to renewables in any and all ways possible is something we should all be behind, and the FIT payments are currently what make it possible. It’s worked in Germany (now the leader in Europe in renewable energy) but here in the UK we lag far behind. I’m against many of the things to which I have to contribute money as a UK taxpayer, but I’m definitely in favour of solar power.

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