23 Mar '12, 2pm

What are Solar Feed-in Tariffs & Incentives for, Really?

What are Solar Feed-in Tariffs & Incentives for, Really?

For years, even representatives of the solar sector itself have quite foolishly been saying that the goal of feed-in tariffs was grid parity. Major politicians and energy organizations have taken these people at their word and are now arguing that feed-in tariffs were simply a startup mechanism for solar, which is now mature and should be able to stand on its own. EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger is one good example , and Maria van der Hoeven – executive director of the International Energy Agency – stated as much this week as well when she wrote specifically of the recent cuts to feed-in tariffs in Europe: “Renewable energy is swiftly coming of age, reducing the need for public support…. the cuts are a sign that some renewable energy technologies are coming into their own and moving towards a stage where public support will no longer be necessary.”

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/23/what-are-solar-feed-i...

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