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Solar Power: Renewables Obligation

Question for Department for Energy and Climate Change

UIN 216720, tabled on 2 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what funds are available under the Levy Control Framework (LCF) for the under 5MWp solar PV Renewables Obligation; and what estimate his Department has made of (a) MW capacity and (b) amount of LCF budget for under 5MWp deployment in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Answered on

10 December 2014

As set out in the Annual Energy Statement, estimated spending on the Renewables Obligation for 2014/15 and 2015/16 is:

2014/15: £2,795m

2015/16: £3,360m

Both figures are in 2011/12 prices, and the figure for 2015/16 includes both estimated committed expenditure and projected expenditure on new build.

While we do not publish separate figures setting out projected expenditure on particular size projects of individual technologies, the Government response to the consultation to close the Renewables Obligation to large-scale solar (above 5MW) estimated that between 1.7GW and 4GW of solar of all scales would deploy in 2014/15 under the Renewables Obligation, and that between 300MW and 500MW of solar under 5MW would deploy in 2015/16. This is set out in Table 7 of the accompanying impact assessment.

Solar deployment under 5MW will be supported under the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme as well as the Renewables Obligation.

The Annual Energy Statement is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/371387/43586_Cm_8945_accessible.pdf

The Government response to the solar consultation and the impact assessment are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-changes-to-financial-support-for-solar-pv.

Answered by

Department for Energy and Climate Change