#SaveOurSolar

This week, I’d like to ask for your help. If you don’t have time to read, skip to the bottom to find out how.

As you may know, the government recently held a review of the feed in tariff, and as a result, have recommended a Solar FiT reduction of 87% in January 2016.

Currently, the tariff works on a degression system, as the uptake of solar increases, the FiT decreases accordingly. Everyone in the industry was prepared for a large cut, however, the announcement last week will pretty well destroy the industry, just as it was reaching a point where Solar would survive without subsidy – a great place for everyone.

Now, just as we were reaching the finish line, Amber Rudd has turned her back on solar and ended the race entirely.

I can understand how many people will think ending subsidies is a good thing, unfortunately, the media has not done a very good job of explaining the situation with renewables over the years, and they get a lot of bad press, especially in the South West, where many people are unhappy about the countryside being filled with solar panels.

However, the impact of last weeks announcement in reality, will be that everyday local homeowners, small businesses, communities and schools may lose the opportunity to invest in clean green affordable energy. Potentially thousands of people across the UK could lose their jobs.

Whilst countries around the world are embracing solar, the UK is killing the industry.

It’s not complete doom and gloom, there will be businesses that change direction, and keep going, and there will always be enthusiasts who are willing to invest regardless of the return, but the blossoming industry as we know it now will be gone.

The facts are, that the solar Feed in Tariff is not costing a huge amount, the expected savings will be around £6 per household, and will not even be achieved for several years. In contrast to that, the subsidies for our fossil fuel based energy industry costs householders around £400 per year… Go figure.

Usually, I prefer to get on and do my job, and let people come to us to find out more if renewables are their thing, we know it’s not for everyone.

Today, I’d really appreciate your support.

There are a few things you could do, really quickly, from your computer at home or work.

1. Sign and share our petition on the parliament website, this one is uk residents only, so it will really show Amber Rudd and DECC how much UK support there is for UK solar https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106791

2. Sign and share the 38 degrees petition, this one has 25,400 signatures, but they are not all UK https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-uk-government-killing-off-the-uk-solar-industry

3. Visit the friends of the earth website to send a tweet to Amber Rudd www.foe.co.uk/news/save-our-solar-government-cuts-would-cost-1000s-jobs

4. Share on your social networks if you think it’s appropriate, and follow #saveoursolar on twitter.

Thank you for reading, have an awesome week,

Ruth

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