Solar Energy UK welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Government’s consultation on ‘Call for Evidence on introducing non-price factors into the Contracts for Difference Scheme’.
In summary, the top-up model is considered to be the most workable.
If non-price factors were to be introduced, industry consultation and the announcement of any changes should be completed at least two years ahead of an allocation round as the preparations required by developers are likely to be significant.
The review of electricity markets arrangements (REMA) remains ongoing and options are currently being assessed around changes to the current CfD, within this process. We recommend that any proposed introduction of non-price factors be made in conjunction with the resulting output from the REMA Mass Low Carbon Power chapter to ensure that any policy changes are joined up.