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End to solar farm blight as
subsidy scheme to be scrapped

Telegraph [UK], by Emily Gosden

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/13/2014 7:49:20 AM

Subsidies that have driven the spread of large solar farms across Britain are to be scrapped under plans to stop the panels blighting the countryside. Energy companies that build solar farms currently qualify for generous consumer-funded subsidies through the so-called ´Renewable Obligation´ (RO) scheme, and had expected to keep doing so until 2017. [Snip] The decision follows an admission by ministers that far more projects have been built than expected, leading to a rising subsidy bill for consumers and increasing local opposition. Greg Barker, the energy minister, pledged last month that solar farms must not become "the new onshore wind"

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It´s a good start. Why would factories want the things on their roofs? It´s a diplomatic way to phase them out. And once the existing solar farms find out they won´t get subsidies for repairs and replacements, it won´t be too long before they´re out of business too. Jimmy D will be happy, happy this morning.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 5/13/2014 7:56:50 AM     (No. 9846555)

Note to investors and small business; a piece of advice given to me years ago from my Grandfather, "never make the government your partner".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 5/13/2014 11:41:48 AM     (No. 9846890)

What a bunch of doubletalk about the financial "reasoning" for this change. Essentially, solar is nowhere near cost competitive with other forms of energy and will not be for the foreseeable future. The government has been massively underwriting the cost and the bill has become unsustainable.

This is absolutely no surprise to any rational and honest person. Green energy projects are all well and good when they are little more than lab experiments. But as soon as you expand them to any mass distribution size products, they collapse financially.

More and more countries are waking up to the fact that "good intentions" about renewables cannot overcome the disastrous and uncompetitive cost imbalances. Further, as these systems go into production the financials almost inevitably are worse than the proponents projected. With government and wide eyed liberals pushing them, how could it be otherwise? Government always vastly underestimates costs and vastly overestimates benefits.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/13/2014 3:53:12 PM     (No. 9847294)

#2, you´re correct. I recall watching a segment of "This Old House" where a homeowner was installing a complex solar energy installation for his home. It was going to drastically reduce his home heating and energy costs.

Mentioned only in passing was that the system cost a huge amount of money. But that was okay, because the homeowner was getting energy rebates from his state and the federal government. The homeowner wasn´t going to be spending much more than if he bought a conventional system.

So, we taxpayers were helping him reduce his home energy costs.

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