The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has pressed ahead with its plan to remove preliminary accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.
Following a consultation, DECC says the ability to pre-accredit will go from 1 October as will the chance to receive a tariff guarantee through pre-registration.
However, the report says DECC will consider reintroducing pre-accreditation, depending on the outcome of a separate consultation on a wider review of FiT expected to come into force in early 2016.
“This is because we see the removal of a tariff guarantee, alongside the cost control proposals of the FiT Review, to be of critical importance in ensuring the overall value for money of the FiT scheme and limiting the impact of rising policy costs on consumer bills,” it adds.
Its response to the consultation, which prompted 2,372 contributions, says the changes were of “critical importance in ensuring the overall value for money of the FiT scheme”.
“We recognise that this decision will introduce considerable uncertainty in the short term, but consider that it is necessary to safeguard spend under the scheme while we carry out the FiT Review.”
Energy secretary, Amber Rudd (left) said: “As costs continue to fall it becomes easier for parts of the renewables industry to survive without subsidies, which is why we’re taking action to protect consumers, whilst also protecting existing investment.”
The department reported that a quarter of responses to its consultation, which ran from 22 July to 19 August, came from the community energy sector and associated individuals.
The anaerobic digestion sector previously expressed its concern at the removal of the scheme.