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Government Consults On Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Scheme

It was only a few days ago that we spoke about the withdrawal of the export tariff for solar power and how this may impact in a negative way on people buying solar panels for the first time from 1st April 2019. Well, the government has just announced that it is to consult about the introduction of the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Scheme.

Apparently, the scheme would ensure that suppliers of electricity such as large electricity companies would reward small-scale low carbon generators for the surplus electricity the likes of homeowners with solar panels on their homes generate that is then exported to the national grid.

Depending upon the figures involved, this could be good news for many homeowners and business owners who could find that they are remunerated for passing on any surplus electricity to the grid.  Obviously, until it is known how much may be payable to homeowners for their surplus electricity then it is not possible to establish how beneficial such a scheme will be.

Having said that, it would appear to be a potential step in the right direction and may provide a boost for the solar panel industry. We wait with interest to hear the outcome of the consultation. The government is seeking responses from various areas including consumers, aggregators, suppliers, trade associations, suppliers, small scale low carbon electric generators as well as other parties that are likely to have an interest in solar power. The closing date for responses is the 5th March 2019.

Here at Solar Panels UK, we will endeavor to keep our readers up to date with any developments in relation to the above. The solar panel industry has not had a good time of things over the last couple of years or so. Therefore, it would be lovely to have something positive to talk about the solar panel industry here in the UK in the coming months.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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