Backlog for Solar Installations

The total number of Renewables Obligation Order Feed-in Tariff (ROO-FIT) applications which are awaiting accreditation as of April 2016 is 1,993.

I received the information in a written parliamentary question response from Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change.

That almost 2,000 applications for feed-in tariffs are awaiting accreditation is both very disappointing and represents a major blow for the promotion of the renewables industry.

It is completely unfair to expect small and medium sized businesses to pay the price for the Tories’ lack of ambition when it comes to renewables – they must ensure that progress is made so that this burgeoning industry is not held back by a slow application process.

In contrast, the SNP is committed to investing in and supporting the growth of our renewables industry, such as the solar industry, and we will continue to work closely with the Solar Trade Association to progress our proposals for expanding solar energy in Scotland.

Scotland has a real opportunity to become a world leader when it comes to renewables – with the potential to boost our economy, create jobs and protect our environment.

Parliamentary question;

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (37604):

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many applications for feed-in tariffs under the renewables obligation order-feed-in tariff application process for larger systems managed by Ofgem are awaiting accreditation. (37604)
Tabled on: 19 May 2016

Answer:
Andrea Leadsom:
The total number of Renewables Obligation Order Feed-in Tariff (ROO-FIT) applications which are awaiting accreditation as of April 2016 is 1993. This includes 472 applications for preliminary accreditation, 1456 applications which have converted to full accreditation or applied for full accreditation, and 65 amendments to existing accredited installations. Ofgem aims to approve applications in under 12 weeks where all the necessary information has been provided.

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