28 Oct '11, 9am

Solar tariffs to be cut to 21p per kWh: business_green Leaked document from Energy Saving Trust...

The leaked fact sheet indicated a 4% return on investment though another respondent to this article said 5%. Using the Energy Saving Trust's "Solar Energy Calculator" I can't see even that kind of a return. On a 3kwp system the investment is (according to the EST) £12,040 and the return would be, at best, around £15,000 which on a lump sum investment over 25 years is around 0.9%. Assuming the EST solar calculator does not take into consideration any maintenance or replacement costs, like a new inverter, then domestic solar investors will probably be in a loss situation, especially those with less than 3kwp systems. Also, based on quotes I've received from installers I think the EST are being very generous with installation costs. The quotes I have received are much higher than the £4000 kwp the EST use. Only foolish / hoodwinked consumers would invest in solar PV installat...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2120746/solar-tariff...

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