Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
Ruth Knight, Environmental Policy Officer for the Church of England has provided advice and information on changes in PV subsidies for PCCs.
"The proposed 87% cut is likely to come into force on the 1 January 2016. There is a short window of opportunity for any church buildings planning a PV installation who can pair with, or who already are, a community organisation (e.g Community Benefit Society, Charity Commission registered Charity or Co-Op) to pre-register for FiTs (thereby fixing the rate for 1 year).
The application deadline is 1 October.
If PCC's have any churches, parsonages, church halls or other buildings which would be suitable for solar PV panels, and are used a lot during the day, it may worthwhile fixing the feed-in tariff rate before 1st October.
This will give a one year window in which to install the panels and receive that rate. PCCs can work with a local community energy organisation to fix the rate, and the organisation may be able to finance, install and maintain the panels for free. PCCs would receive discount electricity for 20 years.
If the rate is not fixed, it is very unlikely that it will be financially worthwhile to install panels for several years. Fixing the tariff is free, but an EPC will be required.
There should be no obligation on a PCC to take the matter any further, or to pay any costs other than for the EPC."