I have written to Milibrand in similar vein - text below.
Effect of Feed In Tariff (FIT) on existing micro generators.
While generally welcoming the introduction of the new FIT, I would like to draw your attention to one aspect.
Individuals who have pioneered the introduction of new renewable generating technology and have followed Government advice and exhortations to invest in renewables, will be disadvantaged by the FIT. This is because small generators (registered before last summer), are required to transfer to the FIT at the lower rate of 9p per unit generated, losing our current (double) RoCs etc. This is a substantially worse deal overall than I and other existing generators have had for the past 3 years. Worse, the new FIT destroys the market for second hand or refurbished equipment (including the sale of a property with an existing renewable system installed), as this renewable generating equipment is not eligible to be included under the scheme. Even if I want to move house and take my turbine with me, I can not do so under the rules of the FIT. If the new buyer doesn't want the turbine, then it is only fit for parts or scrap. This is despite it being identical in every way to a brand new turbine. Having invested £26,100, our 10kW wind turbine’s value has effectively been reduced to nothing by the FIT.
I understand from ‘Good Energy’, an independent renewable energy company in Wiltshire, that the estimated additional cost of including existing renewable suppliers in the full FIT scheme, would have been around 1½% additional to the cost of the scheme; a small price, I suggest, to keep faith with those of us who have supported Government policies to invest in Renewables - and have been pioneering evangelists for your policies. Most of us did not invest to make money – but neither did we expect to be severely disadvantaged in this way. Renewable web sites and other forums are ‘hot’ with indignation and comments from existing providers, stating how they will not fall into such a Government trap again. Hardly the way to get the support of a small but important section of the community, who could have been great disciples for Government policy.