To: The British government

Don't destroy commercial solar by crippling it with business rates in 2017

Don't destroy commercial solar by crippling it with business rates in 2017

Please don't destroy commercial solar for small and medium businesses by implementing such a crippling tax

Why is this important?

The government may raise tax on solar in April 2017... unless enough people appeal. This would be a huge increase in the running costs of a rooftop solar installation that would affect both existing and new projects according to Solar Trade Association (STA). “In some cases, it would actually send installations into negative returns: you would be spending more on the system in tax and maintenance than you would be getting back from the sale of the power and the Feed-in Tariff support”, Paul Barwell, CEO of the STA commented. “We therefore need Ministers to step in as soon as possible”.

Raising tax to such a crippling extent just over a year after the UK gov made a commitment to tackling climate change would drastically diminish our leadership in renewable energy generation at a time when the global mean temperature continues to rise. It would do this by discouraging 1000's of solar projects. It would be a hugely backward step by the UK in the midst of a collective global energy transition.

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2016-08-11 12:42:44 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-08-10 13:00:17 +0100

10 signatures reached