Solar rules to exclude 86% of UK homes
Just 14 per cent of UK homes would be eligible for incentive payments for generating electricity from photovoltaic panels under government proposals.
A consultation published last week suggests restricting payments through the feed-in tariff scheme to homes that meet minimum standards of energy efficiency.
One of the options is requiring homes to meet level C or higher of the energy performance certificate energy efficiency rating, which would mean 86 per cent of homes require work before they can access the FIT.
The other proposal is to require all work that can be done through the green deal energy efficiency scheme to have been carried out before the FIT can be accessed.
Both options are designed to ensure houses have basic energy efficiency work carried out before progressing to more sophisticated solutions such as fitting photovoltaic panels.
They could also help to increase interest in the green deal, which is due to launch in autumn 2012.
This will allow households to get energy efficiency work carried out on their homes without paying any upfront cost. The money will be repaid through fuel bill savings, but there are some doubts about how attractive the scheme will prove.
The consultation on FIT payments also proposed cutting the payment for social landlords from 43.3p/kWh to 16.8p/kWh.