The government released two consultation papers in September setting out proposals for the Renewables Obligation (RO) covering the period 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2017. One paper covered the levels of banded support for solar PV while the other addressed biomass affordability and sustainability.
DECC’s aim is to incentivise solar projects on buildings and so from next April these will receive higher rates than ground-mounted projects which will encourage the installation of solar projects on large buildings such as factories and warehouses. Ground mounted systems will receive 1.6 Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC’s) per MWh while building mounted systems will receive 1.7 ROC’s per MWh. While the new support is higher than the 1.5 ROC’s per MWh originally proposed by DECC it also falls short of the 1.8 ROC’s/MWh that the industry argued was necessary to attract investment.