“The Feed-In Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020” has now been laid, addressing the issue of pre-accredited FIT installations which faced missing their accreditation deadlines due to the Coronavirus.
The government has laid emergency legislation to give developers of a range of small scale renewable energy projects an extra six months to complete the accreditation process to benefit from the feed-in tariff scheme. This new legislation offers an extension until 30 September specifically targeted at projects that are likely to miss deadlines falling in the period 1 March – 31 March 2020 due to the impact of the Coronavirus. It also offers a six month extension to projects whose deadlines fall in the period 1 April – 30 September 2020.
This will reduce the impact of the Coronavirus on developers and community groups that have invested in low carbon energy, but who may otherwise struggle to complete their construction and commissioning before the final deadline. Projects that could benefit from this new flexibility include community energy projects, small hydropower projects, and anaerobic digestion projects – helping support the UK’s decarbonisation. This swift action demonstrates government’s commitment to minimising the impact of the Coronavirus on the UK’s low carbon energy sector.
Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at QASSS commented:
“This is a welcome development for renewable developers who are already under substantial pressure.”