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Renewables Obligation (RO) - 7th October 2014

RH & RW Clutton welcomes proposed changes to interim support for solar PV installations

Renewables Obligation (RO)

The closure of RO to new solar PV projects above 5MW in Great Britain from 1 April 2015 for both new solar farms and existing solar farms seeking additional capacity, where the station is, or would become, above 5MW has already been announced: while this is regrettable (RH & RW Clutton have found many sites for landowners and solar companies which are invisible from the surrounding area), it is understandable given some solar farms have been badly sited. Whether large scale solar will be competitive under the new support under “Contracts for Difference” remains to be seen.

However, we welcome the decision to allow a 12 month grace period for existing proposals on which much time and money has been invested. This will extend the deadline for RO accreditation for eligible applicants to 31 March 2016. In order for a project to be eligible for the grace period, the developer must demonstrate that it has achieved certain requirements/milestones as at 13 May 2014. The Government has now confirmed the evidence required for the grace period proposed in the consultation, including:

Under a new consultation, DECC is proposing to introduce a three-month grid delay grace period for solar PV projects (both new ones and existing solar farms seeking additional capacity) over 5MW. Under the new proposal, developers will be able to apply for RO accreditation before 30 June 2015, if they provide the following:

The consultation closes on 24 October 2014 and responses can be submitted to SolarPV.Consultation@decc.gsi.gov.uk

If you are considering any form of renewables, RH & RW Clutton is here with expert knowledge and support: contact oliverh@rhrwclutton.co.uk

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