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Absolute Solar And Wind Respond To Proposed Solar Subsidy Cuts

Our response to the announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Renewable industry experts operating across the Western Isles have today called proposed cuts of almost 90% on feed-in-tariffs for solar installers ‘disappointing and potentially devastating’, amidst concerns it will impact the most vulnerable members of society.

Absolute Solar and Wind said the latest announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change would drastically affect areas which are struggling with fuel poverty, and businesses that are working to be greener and more energy efficient.

Managing Director at Absolute Solar and Wind Ltd Tom Newall said: “The proposal to cut the feed-in-tariffs will directly affect around 1,300 plus homes in the Western Isles, an area identified to experience extreme fuel poverty with householders spending more than 30% of their income on fuel.

“We are extremely disappointed by the announcement, and have spent the last 24hrs responding and implementing a strategy that will ensure that home owners and businesses can still beat the cut-off point.”

The business, which announced the launch of its renewables hub in Balivanich last year, is now offering local businesses, residents and authority’s access to a free viability and energy performance survey, as well as priority installations.

Tom Newall said: “We are deeply disappointed by the proposed cuts, which will have a major impact on many people living in the Western Isles. We have now submitted a response to the Government consultation regarding the matter and hope that they take into consideration our concerns.

“However, the cut-off point is not actually until January next year and so anyone interested in taking advantage of the many benefits associated with solar & Wind do still have time. The difference is hugely significant, with the current feed-in-tariffs and high irradiance levels which is at 12.47p domestic rather than the proposed 1.63p.”

Absolute Solar and Wind are available to offer support and renewable advice at the renewable hub: 1 Uachdar, Balivanich, HS7 5LY.

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