As you may have heard in the news, at the beginning of the week the government announced a reduction in the Feed in Tariff, (the government financial incentive for generating energy) - a bigger cut and sooner than expected. This has big implications for anyone planning solar PV projects after 12th December; house holders, commercial companies and community energy projects alike.
The government has made this move in response to the extraordinarily high levels of take up of the tariff, particularly from private landlords and rent-a-roof companies able to make an easy profit.
Bristol Energy Cooperative and community energy projects across the UK put the Feed-in-Tariff to the best possible use; allowing a wide range of people the chance to make a modest return, funding free energy for communities and opportunities for the local economy. We'll be joining the call from community schemes across the country for a special subsidy rate for installations in which the primary beneficiaries are communities. We’ll publish our response to the consultation soon, and will be grateful for your support.
The cut to the Feed-In-Tariff doesn't mean an end to community energy projects in Bristol, but an opportunity to re-focus. When the dust has settled and we have clarity on the income levels for solar energy, we’ll have a plan that works with the new level of subsidy, and benefits our community partners and investors.
The consultation on the Feed-in-Tariff rates for next year closes in December and we expect an announcement in January. So in the meantime, our work now is to prepare for our launch next year, ready to raise community investment and install projects across the City...
Projects: We're working with existing partners to confirm roofspace and get planning permission, we'd also like to hear from other community organisations who'd like to work with us.
Business Planning: Adapting our financial model to work with different options for the Feed-in-Tariff levels next year - retaining community benefits and return to investors
Community Involvement: Offering workshops for communities and using the expertise of our community partners to understand what we can offer communities in future
How can you help us?
1. Work with us
See our task list on our website to find out what we're working on - if you have related skills and enthusiasm, please get in touch with the relevant person, looking in particular for design + architectural talent.
2. Could you be a new community partner?
If you are a community organisation or community of residents who wants the benefits of solar pv for your building, we can work together to do it. We can also help you source advice & help on energy efficiency.
3. Tell us what you think
We're looking for your thoughts on:
Our structure, working groups and decision-making: how can we involve you and be an inclusive membership community?
How can we support you/work with your communities to get involved in thinking about energy ownership?
Thank you all for your continued support