Image credit: We Support Solar
The We Support Solar campaign has long been pushing for a solar feed-in tariff in the UK, and the Government is indeed instituting one in 2010. But the question is, just how ambitious will this plan be? Earlier this week, I posted on a report that argued a more robust feed-in tariff could see the UK generating 6% of its energy from micro-renewables like wind and solar. Now We Support Solar has taken that message direct to the decision makers. 30 construction industry professionals descended on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), baring gigantic 10 pence(10p) coins to represent their message that adding just an extra 10p on the proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) tariffs would result in a much larger uptake of solar across the country. An interactive graphic on the We Support Solar homepage argues that raising the tariff from 10p per KWh (as represented by current proposals) to 20p per KWh would result in a massive increase in the jobs and solar installs created - rising from a projected 431,231 to 647,315.
Of course, figures like these—when coming from the solar industry itself—should not be taken at face value. But it seems obvious that a rise in the proposed tariff will result in more households opting to install renewable energy capacity—and that can only be a good thing.
As Ray Horwood CBE, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors said: "Over 100 NFRC member companies have been trained to date in installing solar PV, bringing new jobs and new opportunities to roofers up and down the country. But this is literally just scratching the surface of the massive jobs potential that could be unleashed very quickly by higher tariffs under the Clean Energy Cash Back scheme ."
Here's more from the campaign: