Over the last decade Britain has made big strides in renewable energy. One of the clear signs of that is the emergence of solar panels on buildings in towns and cities across the country.
The last Labour Government introduced a scheme called the Feed-in Tariff. Under this scheme if you have solar panels and you’re generating more electricity than you use, you can sell that energy back into the national grid.
The money from the Feed-in Tariff could cover the cost of installing and maintaining the solar panels. This allowed many people and organisations to take that important first step into solar energy and the industry started to grow.
Under the Coalition Government the tariff was cut dramatically and now this Conservative Government is planning to close the scheme all together with no new measures to support renewable energy production.
There is a real fear that this will see the end of all small and medium scale renewable projects in the UK. This is not only a dereliction of our duty to tackle climate change, it’s costing us jobs in an emerging industry that could have seen the UK as a world leader.
I am one of 31 MPs to co-sign a letter calling on the Energy Secretary to listen to the voices of young people and maintain tariffs until a suitable alternative is agreed upon. You can read the letter in full below.