If you go to page 19, section 49, you will read that the new rules will only allow new equipment access to the Feed in tariffs. Section 50, same page says refurbished equipment is not allowed. On page 32, section 115 it deals with ownership of your generating equipment when you wish to move house. Basically, your equipment remains with the house, and it is up to you to get what you can for it subject to the market.
Now , I don't know about you, but my turbine cost £22,500 to install. It is my property. When I bought it, there were no rules that said I couldn't sell it if I wished, or couldn't move it to new property if I wished. There were no rules saying that it was to remain tied to the site it is now on.
There are now.
My fears are that my £22,500 wind turbine, an asset that I worked hard for and had a real value on the open market, is now rendered effectively worthless. It can't be moved, and the second hand market has gone as only new equipment qualifies for FITS. It is fixed to the lowest value FITS Tariff. This being the lowest return, it is hardly a selling point for the wind turbine, and will affect my property value also. If you were a buyer looking for a house, would you buy one with a low Tariff turbine/solar panel/hydro scheme?
You would buy a property and put in your own, or buy one with a high FITS rate installation. Even if you buy somewhere with a high FITS rate installation, you would offer the lowest price you could for it as it is fixed to the property and can't be moved, can't be sold as there is no second hand market.
Government Genius. I have been made worse off in more ways than I could have imagined was possible.
If you agree with me, spread the word, contact MPs, MEPs, the Energy Minister, Environment Minister, BBC, Newspapers, anyone really. What right has this Government got to dictate what we can do with our own property, and render it worthless, only a scrap or spares value? Can they really do this?
It makes the FITS scheme easier for the Government to monitor if everything remains where it is installed, this is why they have done what they have done. Have they really thought through the consequences for us?