The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expects sub-5MW solar deployment to fall to between 50MW and 100MW each year as a result of its closure of the feed-in tariff scheme, its impact assessment reveals.

Yesterday BEIS confirmed its intent to press ahead with the closure of the small-scale feed-in tariff (FiT) on 31 March 2019 as planned, but also stated that it is to close the export tariff to new applicants at the same time.

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An impact assessment published alongside the consultation reveals that the government’s own analysis has forecast that this will have a significant impact on small-scale renewable deployment over the five years following the FiT’s closure.

The assessment forecasts that between 2019 and 2024, total sub-5MW solar deployment will fall somewhere between a low forecast of ~50MW each year and a high forecast of ~100MW each year.

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