From tomorrow UK support for solar power worse than heartland Trump states

As UK policies to support solar come to an end tomorrow, new analysis from charity 10:10 Climate Action reveals that the US states with the strongest support for Donald Trump will offer their citizens more support to install clean energy than will be available to Brits.

The UK’s ‘feed-in tariff’ incentivised households, community groups and businesses to generate their own renewable electricity by installing solar panels - leading to nearly a million UK homes going solar since 2010. With no replacement in place, and no date currently set for an alternative, the end of this scheme will ensure UK policy is more hostile to solar installations than that in heartland Trump states.

Of the five states that voted most heavily for Donald Trump in 2016 all but one have state-level policies in place, in addition to the federal tax credit available nationwide, which incentivise people to install solar. Only Oklahoma lacks additional state policy, though citizens there still benefit from the federal policy.

At a state level, the UK now sits alongside Russia and Saudi Arabia as countries offering no policy to support new solar installations.

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said:

If the UK were part of the USA, its lack of support for solar would be unmatched even by those states that voted overwhelmingly for a president who denies climate change is real.

It’s just incredible that the government has let it come to this. Rooftop solar installations have plummeted over 90% since 2015, despite solar being the UK public’s favourite energy source. The government urgently needs to put meaningful policy in place to fix this - anything less will waste a huge opportunity for people to take positive, practical action on climate change.


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