The Solar Trade Association is calling on the UK Energy Minister Claire Perry to “urgently confirm” the continuation of the ‘export tariff’ from next April for home generators.

The tariff ensure generators are paid a fair market rate for the power they feed into the grid, STA said. 

In a letter to Perry, signed by over 200 organisations, the STA also calls for the government to remove a series of regulatory barriers that are preventing a market for local flexibility services and exported power to flourish.  

STA chief executive Chris Hewett said: “The latest government proposals for solar power are creating shock waves well beyond the solar industry. 

“Nobody can fathom how government can contemplate leaving households and small organisations as the only generators left unpaid for the valuable power they put into the electricity network. 

“We are asking the Energy Minister to act quickly and promise to maintain the export tariff & to uphold the basic rights of a market.”

STA said the letter has been sent at the end of a consultation on plans to abolish the tariff.

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