Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd September 2015.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff on employment in the solar industry.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

BIS’s report “The Size and Performance of the UK Low Carbon Economy” estimated that in 2013 there were over 34,000 jobs in the UK solar sector.

Our consultation on the feed-in tariff review reflects the need to balance sector support whilst keeping bills down for consumers.

We strongly welcome evidence from the sector during this review consultation, which ends on 23 October, and only then can we begin to analyse the impact on jobs.

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