Government blocks FITs for social housing

Housing associations given Government funding will have to prove it hasn't been used for green improvements if they want to apply for FITs.

Small scale renewable generation installed on properties to generate income or reduce bills must not be funded through the National Affordable Housing Programme, or any other form of subsidy.

That is the case according to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) if the association then goes to bid for Feed In Tariff (FITs) for the same properties.

HCA strategy manager, Alison Mathias, said: “We are writing to our partners to help them understand the relationship between our funding and FITs so that it’s clear what can and can’t be claimed.

“While one of our funding requirements is that partners achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes on their schemes, this is very possible to achieve without the use of micro renewables.”

The stance has been agreed with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to clarify issues about state aid rules on ‘double public subsidy’.

Luke Walsh

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