Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies

With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

In the wake of the legally-binding global climate deal established in Paris on Saturday evening (12 December), green groups and businesses believe UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is walking a line of "blatant hypocrisy" after committing to the proposed FiT cuts that were mooted in back in August -although the severity of the cuts were less than expected.

DECC announced its response to its FiT consultation - which ran for four weeks to 23 October - with the effects set to come into force at the beginning of 2016.

And in what some are calling a double attack on solar, reports emerged last week that the subsidy cuts will be delivered alongside a higher VAT rate on renewable energy generation projects, which could add £900 to a typical domestic rooftop installation.

Introduced in 2010, FiTs initially acted as a catalyst to drive uptake of solar systems among businesses and households alike. But in today's landscape - shackled by red-tape and a looming complete shut-down - the FiT scheme is seen by many as an epitomy of the Government's inability to pull the trigger on a fully low-carbon energy landscape.

Take a look back at the rise and fall of feed-in tariffs with our timeline of key moments that have shaped the subsidy scheme into what it is today.

Feed-in tariff: Timeline of events 

Matt Mace


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