Just Power have released news and further advice for communities, on the recent changes to the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) which reward generators for producing electricity.

There is a straightforward explanation of how the feed in tariffs work on their website on www.justpower.co/Feed-in-Tariff.

Recent reductions in the price of solar PV system equipment remains competitive and are still able to provide around 9% return on investment without meaning that quality has to be compromised.

The Government amendment to ‘Permitted Development Rights’ means it’s easier – and a bit cheaper and quicker – to get your solar PV project moving along. From 6th April 2012, a solar PV system being retro-fitted on non-domestic property will no longer require planning permission as long as certain rules and criteria are met.

There are other government changes on the horizon, but being prepared for them means you still have time to plan and fundraise for your community solar project – remember that it will take longer than if you were just organising it for your house!

If you’d like help planning or fundraising for your community solar PV project you can contact Just Power or see their guide to planning your solar PV project.

For more information visit Just Power’s website: www.justpower.co/Feed-in-Tariff.

Just Power for Communities CIC is an MCS accredited specialist in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems for community owned buildings. It operates in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. As a social enterprise it has an understanding of the importance for communities to create renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency from Village Halls, Schools, Churches, Community Centres, managed workspace or offices.