At last - a ray of sunshine for solar power

Solar in the UK has seen some dark days in the last few years. But recently, we saw a ray of sunshine.

In April, the government ended payments to homes installing solar panels for the clean power they send to the electricity grid. It looked like it would be ages before they came up with a new policy - leaving those installing solar out of pocket, or not installing it at all. This - just as we need clean power more than ever.

More than 7,000 of you wrote to your MP demanding fair treatment for solar, thousands more signed a petition to the minister, and almost 100 of you joined our stunt outside parliament.

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And the government listened! From 1 January 2020, homes and businesses with solar must be paid for the electricity they send to the grid.

 The big electricity companies will have to pay people for the power they produce. Solar owners can pick the best deal using a handy league table.

While it’s not perfect, it’s the beginning of a new era for rooftop solar in the UK. In future we’ll look back at moments like these and see them for what they were - the beginnings of a people-powered energy system.

But there’s still work to be done. The new policy doesn’t go far enough to support community energy groups starting new solar projects.

At 10:10 we believe local clean energy that’s owned by everyone should be at the heart of our low carbon world. We’re working closely with community energy groups already on new ways for them to flourish through our solar railways project.We’ll continue fighting for community energy to make sure it’s part of the cleaner, fairer future we need. But we need your help to do it. Will you make a donation to support us?