New Solar Energy Support Levels Announced

New support levels for solar energy in Northern Ireland have been announced.

The new levels will come into operation on 1 April 2013 and are designed to incentivise larger solar photovoltaic stations, as well as offering higher support levels for building mounted solar projects, as opposed to ground mounted.

Photovoltaic systems convert sun light into renewable, clean energy.

New large-scale biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants will now receive a higher support level for six months longer than previously announced.

Announcing the new levels, Energy Minister Arlene Foster said: "In response to the recent consultation on the NIRO, support for larger solar projects will be split into two new bands – building-mounted and ground-mounted. The introduction of a specific banding level for building-mounted solar projects will create opportunities for factories and warehouses to consider solar technology as a way of generating their own power requirements.

"The additional six month eligibility period for new large scale biomass CHP stations, which retains support at the current ROC level until 30 September 2015, provides certainty for investors in a technology which offers great potential in Northern Ireland."

The Minister also said existing support levels for a number of small scale technologies will remain unchanged until 1 April 2015.

She said: "It is important that support levels are reviewed to ensure value for money for the bill payer but equally, it is imperative that investors know when changes will be introduced."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 September 2021
Businesses Urged To Support High Street Support Scheme
Retailers, hospitality and services sectors across Northern Ireland are being urged to show their support for the High Street Support Scheme, which opens for applications between 27th September and October 25th.
09 November 2010
Builders To Lose Out As House Prices Drop
Northern Ireland's construction sector is facing further problems as NI house prices continue to fall over the next three months. They are expected to drop to their lowest levels since the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) started an authorative survey four years ago.
04 November 2004
Coastal NI under threat from melting Arctic
Rising sea levels could put many of Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable coastal areas under threat if carbon dioxide emissions are not cut immediately, a new report has claimed.
30 November 2021
Consultation Launches On Proposals For 'Charlotte's Law'
Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a public consultation on proposals for 'Charlotte's Law'. The consultation follows a review of current law in relation to disclosure of information on the locations of victims' remains by those convicted of their killing.
29 November 2021
£150m Queen's Quay Development Consultation Launches
A new public consultation has been launched on the proposed £150m future development of the Queen's Quay area of Belfast's waterfront.