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Solar largely misses out on subsidy

Less than 0.1% of a government renewable energy subsidy went to the solar sector last year, the government has revealed.

Sunderland MP Julie Elliott asked energy secretary Greg Barker in a written Parliamentary question what proportion of spending through the Renewables Obligation scheme went to solar power creation.

Barker replied: “Renewable Obligation expenditure is calculated on a financial year basis. Total expenditure in 2012/13 was £1.99bn.

“The proportion of this support given to solar in 2012/13 can be calculated by dividing the number of RO certificates redeemed by suppliers originating from solar generation (20,932) by the total number of ROCs redeemed by suppliers (44,773,499).

“This gives a figure of 0.05%.”

The Department for Energy and Climate Change plans to close the Renewables Obligation scheme to most new solar PV capacity above 5MW from 1 April 2015.

Solar firms said earlier this month that the move would be “a crippling blow” to the future of the industry.

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