Was the Feed in Tariff Just a Solar Flare? Guest Blog by Marcus Lippert

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for micro-generating renewable energy technologies has been a topic of controversy across the British media. This report will look beyond the discussions on the cost implications of the scheme for consumer energy bills towards benefits for country as a whole as well as beneficiaries within the different groups of the British society.

Based on a spatial GIS-based analysis, it will be demonstrated how Solar PV has spread across different parts of England and Wales and which areas benefit more than others. A correlation based analysis of Census data will link these spatial results to socio-economic aspects.

The paper will show, how different parts of the British society stand towards Solar PV and attempt to characterize owners of a PV-installations based on Census output data.

These findings are then put in context with current trends and other research papers in order to identify future trends as well as potential implications on British carbon reduction policies.

See a copy of the final paper – Solar Panel Uptake in the UK

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2 responses to “Was the Feed in Tariff Just a Solar Flare? Guest Blog by Marcus Lippert

  1. I’m afraid I’ve only skim-read it so you may already have covered this point (or it may be irrelevant in the overall findings or outside the scope of this paper), but does listed building status (& similar restrictions) have any noticable impact on uptake?

  2. In brief: no, this aspect is not covered by the report.
    Main reason is that the Census data does not cover whether a building is listed or not. I should mention that planning procedures have been simplified in favor of solar panels this year, meaning that there has to be a very good reason now why the installation should not be approved. If there was a big impact however, one would expect a concentration of installation around the “new towns” with very low uptake in areas where a lot of old building stock is prominent. (Whiltshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon, Cornwall…) The report does show that this is not the case so in general the impact of planning restrictions is more noticeable on an individual base and negligible on national level.

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