Solar Energy and Biomass to Receive Support in UK
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in the UK has implemented a five-year plan for the solar and biomass industries in an attempt to give investors security on subsidy levels for the 2013–2017 period. Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has stated the departments ambition for the solar industry to grow sustainably. Building-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects will receive higher rates than ground-mounted projects, which the DECC believe will encourage the installation of solar projects at larger factory or warehouse buildings. Nevertheless, the funding made available will still be a cut of 20% from current levels. Proposals for solar projects on commercial buildings are being mooted to encourage businesses to consider solar PV as a viable option for meeting their energy demands. The initiative also includes the Governments plans to ensure the Renewables Obligation (RO) invests in new biomass projects, with around £600 million available, sufficient to create nearly 1,000 jobs.
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